Saturday, January 29, 2022

Students, staff will use rapid test before returning to class

(Dr. Rosanne Sevier demonstrates the use of the rapid test.)

Students will only go back to class a week from now—provided the province’s COVID-19 situation is stable. The target date for returning to in-person learning is January 24.

Students, teachers and staff will be given five rapid test kits before returning to school, two of which must be taken within the first 72 hours of the first day.

However, the return to class will depend on how the COVID situation will be in the next few days. On Wednesday, Dr. Proton Rahman said he would keep a close eye on the hospitalization.

Education Minister Tom Osborne says his department will be relying on public health for guidance going forward. Osborne says they look at the number of cases, but it’s not the only factor. In fact, he says, students may be going back to school with more cases than before.

Students, staff will use rapid test before returning to class

(English School District CEO Tony Stack.)

When it comes to rapid tests administered to students, faculty and staff before the move to online learning, there will be no formal check-in process.

English School District CEO Tony Stack says the system will be similar to a self-assessment questionnaire, which he believes most people will follow, and will not require people to prove their test results before entering the building.

If a test comes back positive, people are already told to follow public health guidelines.

Education Minister Tom Osborne does not believe that people need to be persuaded to “do the right thing”, noting that he believes people will follow all due procedures.

Each person will get five test kits to start with, and Osborne says the department is already working on providing more tests to those who go beyond the initial supply.

He says other test kits will be made available through school districts if needed.

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