Rapid Testing in Select Schools
Edmonton Catholic Schools is partnering with Alberta Education and Alberta Health Services to offer in-school rapid testing at select schools. The program started as a pilot in Calgary and is now being expanded to 300 schools across the province including Edmonton. Schools are chosen based on a variety of factors, including how prevalent COVID-19 cases are in a school or community.
Screening students and staff can quickly identify people without symptoms who may have COVID-19. This will allow students and staff to isolate sooner and help reduce the spread of the virus. Rapid screening tests are another tool, along with health measures already in place at schools, to maintain in-person learning.
Our Division will inform parents/guardians and staff when rapid testing is selected at their school. Participation is optional and consent forms will be collected from students who choose to participate.