Niagara school board sending students home for Christmas with rapid antigen kits

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Published December 15, 2021 at 11:43 am

Only in 2021 could this be considered an appropriate Christmas present.

The District School Board of Niagara (DSBN) is sending all of their students home over Christmas with a rapid antigen screening kit, courtesy of the Ontario government.

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 starting to show in Ontario communities, the school board wants students to check themselves if they have concerns.

“Sometime before the start of the winter break,” said the DSBN in a letter, “every student will be provided with a rapid antigen screening kit to use over the holidays if they choose.”

They added that the kits have been provided by the Ministry of Education “as a voluntary screening measure to help promote a safer return to school in January 2022.”

However, they cautioned, “The test kits should only be used on individuals who are not showing any symptoms.” Anyone showing symptoms needs to go directly to the nearest hospital or their family doctor.

Below is Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce and Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore’s letter to the families.

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