Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing available to our school on May 12 and 16
May 5, 2021
Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is available for all students and their family members and staff from our school on May 12 and 16, 2021.
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/). This targeted testing is not available to anyone who was directed to self-isolate due to a potential exposure to COVID-19. If you were directed to self-isolate, please book a COVID-19 test at a Public Health assessment centre.
The testing will take place at Norwell District Secondary School (135 Cumberland Street, Palmerston).
- Wednesday May 12, 2021, from 6pm-9pm
- Sunday May 16, 2021, from 9am-3pm
We will send further information about the testing clinics to families directly.
The asymptomatic testing will be conducted and managed by LifeLabs and will take place in a designated “hub” school each week.
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.
For more information about the testing, please review the following information from LifeLabs:
- LifeLabs: Testing in schools
Asymptomatic testing is an important layer of protection that helps to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Thank you for helping us keep our communities safe.