COVID-19 Testing in Ontario Schools

LifeLabs is proud to support the Ontario government with the ongoing operation of in-person learning at child care centres, elementary and secondary schools across the province. To ensure schools remain safe, LifeLabs will operate hub collection sites for COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic students and their family members, teachers, and staff in Ontario schools.

Asymptomatic testing in schools acts as an important layer of protection that helps to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Increased testing may also reduce stress and anxiety related to the virus by identifying cases early and managing outbreaks to help ensure that schools remain safe for all to learn and work in.

Designated schools will be selected to host the hub collection site for neighbouring school participants, allowing for streamlined access. At these designated locations, participants will be tested on a voluntary basis using either PCR (polymerase chain reaction) or rapid antigen testing. LifeLabs will work with the school boards and schools to schedule the hub collection site visit and the school board or school will inform parents/legal guardians ahead of the scheduled visit.

The school-based COVID-19 specimen collection sites will be employed by professionally-trained individuals who will support the participants with a safe and easy testing experience, backed by a lab testing infrastructure of the highest quality.

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