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Asymptomatic Testing in Schools

The Ministry of Education has instructed school boards to implement a targeted COVID-19 testing program in schools. The testing is voluntary and consent will be required. Testing is for asymptomatic individuals only (i.e. not showing/experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms). To check for COVID-19 symptoms, use the provincial screening tool at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have been directed to self-isolate, please call an assessment centre to book a test.

The Upper Grand District School Board’s testing plan will invite asymptomatic students and their families and staff from specific schools to be tested on a weekly basis. Each week, the testing will become available to a different set of schools and the testing will take place at a designated “hub” school. The preliminary schedule is posted below. Schools will send information to families directly when they are eligible to participate in testing. 

The vendor that will be conducting and managing the testing is LifeLabs. For the test, LifeLabs uses a swab similar to a Q-tip that is inserted into the front part of the nostril and rotated for fifteen seconds (per nostril). LifeLabs’ trained staff will perform the test in a space designated by the school. While some students may be nervous about testing, LifeLabs stresses that the test is not painful and should not be uncomfortable for your child. The test should take no more than two minutes from start to finish. Test results will be provided within 24-48 hours. Results will be uploaded to covid19results.ehealthontario.ca

If you have questions about LifeLabs’ testing in schools program, please review the information below:

UGDSB Testing Schedule

SCHOOL INVITEDDATE/TIMEHOST SITE/LOCATION
WEEK 1 (March 11, 13, 14)  
Guelph CVIMarch 11 (6pm-9pm)
March 13 (9am-3pm)
March 14 (9am-3pm)
Our Lady of Lourdes CHS (54 Westmount Road, Guelph)
Paisley Road PSMarch 11 (6pm-9pm)
March 13 (9am-3pm)
March 14 (9am-3pm)
Our Lady of Lourdes CHS (54 Westmount Road, Guelph)
Willow Road PSMarch 11 (6pm-9pm)
March 13 (9am-3pm)
March 14 (9am-3pm)
Our Lady of Lourdes CHS (54 Westmount Road, Guelph)
Westwood PSMarch 11 (6pm-9pm)
March 13 (9am-3pm)
March 14 (9am-3pm)
Our Lady of Lourdes CHS (54 Westmount Road, Guelph)
WEEK 2 (March 18, 20, 21)  
Gateway Drive PSMarch 18 (6pm-9pm)
March 20 (9am-3pm)
March 21 (9am-3pm)
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School (287 Imperial Road S, Guelph)
Mitchell Woods PSMarch 18 (6pm-9pm)
March 20 (9am-3pm)
March 21 (9am-3pm)
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School (287 Imperial Road S, Guelph)
Taylor Evans PSMarch 18 (6pm-9pm)
March 20 (9am-3pm)
March 21 (9am-3pm)
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School (287 Imperial Road S, Guelph)
WEEK 3 (March 25, 27, 28)  
Alma PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
Centre Wellington DHSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
Elora PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
James McQueen PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
JD Hogarth PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
John Black PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
Ponsonby PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
Salem PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
Victoria Terrace PSMarch 25 (6pm-9pm)
March 27 (9am-3pm)
March 28 (9am-3pm)
Centre Wellington District High School (905 Scotland Street, Fergus)
WEEK 4 (April 1 and 3)  
Arthur PSApril 1 (6pm-9pm)
April 3 (9am-3pm)
Wellington Heights Secondary School (405 Sligo Road East, Mount Forest)
Kenilworth PSApril 1 (6pm-9pm)
April 3 (9am-3pm)
Wellington Heights Secondary School (405 Sligo Road East, Mount Forest)
Victoria Cross PSApril 1 (6pm-9pm)
April 3 (9am-3pm)
Wellington Heights Secondary School (405 Sligo Road East, Mount Forest)
Wellington Heights SSApril 1 (6pm-9pm)
April 3 (9am-3pm)
Wellington Heights Secondary School (405 Sligo Road East, Mount Forest)
WEEK 5 (April 17 and 18)  
Jean Little PSApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
Rickson Ridge PSApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
FA Hamilton PSApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
Kortright Hills PSApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
John McCrae PSApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
Priory Park PSApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
Centennial CVIApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
College Heights SSApril 17 (9am-3pm)Centennial CVI (289 College Avenue W., Guelph)
Island Lake PSApril 18 (9am-3pm)Orangeville District Secondary School (22 Faulkner Street, Orangeville)
Mono-Amaranth PSApril 18 (9am-3pm)Orangeville District Secondary School (22 Faulkner Street, Orangeville)
Credit Meadows ESApril 18 (9am-3pm)Orangeville District Secondary School (22 Faulkner Street, Orangeville)
Princess Margaret PSApril 18 (9am-3pm)Orangeville District Secondary School (22 Faulkner Street, Orangeville)
Princess Elizabeth PSApril 18 (9am-3pm)Orangeville District Secondary School (22 Faulkner Street, Orangeville)
Orangeville DSSApril 18 (9am-3pm)Orangeville District Secondary School (22 Faulkner Street, Orangeville)
Additional dates/schools will be added here on a weekly basis