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TVDSB to bring in voluntary targeted COVID-19 testing in schools

London's largest public school board says they're planning to bring in voluntary diagnostic COVID-19 testing for students and staff at school, whether or not they have symptoms. 

Testing will also be available for children and staff from child care centres located in schools

The Thames Valley District School Board is planning to bring in voluntary diagnostic COVID-19 testing of students and staff. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

London's largest public school board says it's planning to bring in voluntary diagnostic COVID-19 testing for students and staff at school, whether or not they show obvious symptoms of the disease. 

"We're working with partners to develop criteria and a timeline for voluntary diagnostic testing of our students and staff," said Mark Fisher, the Thames Valley District School Board's director of education.

Fisher said more details will be released as plans to implement testing at specific schools are determined. 

The province's education ministry has mandated that school boards bring in targeted voluntary asymptomatic testing for two per cent of students taking in-person instruction each week at both elementary and secondary schools. 

The board says testing will be voluntary and consent will be required for asymptomatic students and staff only. Household members of students and staff, and anyone with symptoms, will have to seek testing at an assessment centre.

Locations for testing will be selected in collaboration with local public health units. Testing is also set to include children and staff from child care centres located in schools.

The board says it will provide parents and guardians with more information about testing, including consent forms for students, when more details become available.

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