Each student in Public, Independent and First Nations K-12 schools, is being provided with a box of five Artron rapid antigen at-home tests distributed through their school. Shipments from the Ministry began arriving on February 18 to CMSD82 schools c/o the School Principal for distribution to parents/caregivers.
To further clarify information in the recent bulletin from Health Canada, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has updated information for parents/caregivers about the safety and proper use of the test kits they received or will be receiving. Please see the BCCDC’s Rapid Testing At Home web page for this up-to-date information.
Test instructions are included in the box of five Artron rapid antigen at-home tests and also available here. Reference the following BCCDC “Guidance for Parents on How to Use the Tests” with parents/caregivers, which provides information for when to use the test, instructions for administering the test and direction on what to do in the case of a positive or negative result:
These tests are being provided to support at-home testing of symptomatic students and are an additional tool to support the continuity of learning in our schools. Rapid tests should be used by students when they are experiencing mild COVID-19 symptoms.
The rapid antigen tests being provided are in addition to existing testing pathways. Testing continues to be available for individuals when recommended by public health and for use by Medical Health Officers when determined necessary as part of cluster and outbreak investigation. All existing safety protocols and practices in schools should also be maintained.
Parents/Caregivers should contact their School Principal should they have any questions or concerns.