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COVID-19 Mouth Rinse/Gargle Test Kits 

The Vancouver School District is pleased to inform you that BC Children’s Hospital and Vancouver Coastal Health are making COVID-19 Mouth Rinse/Gargle test kits available for students who become symptomatic during the school day. This follows a successful four-month field test at ten schools in the District. Kits will be distributed to all elementary and secondary schools in the District during the month of April.  

As is practice, if a student presents with COVID-19 symptoms during the school day families will be contacted to pick their child up as soon as possible. A kit will be offered to the parent/caregiver to take home when the child is picked up. Acceptance of a kit is voluntary. Instructions on how to administer the test at home are included in the kit. The sample can be dropped off at any LifeLabs location or at BC Children’s Hospital for processing. Results from these tests will be received through the same processes as tests taken at COVID-19 test centres.  

The health and safety of students and staff remains the top priority of the Vancouver School District. Families are reminded to continue to monitor their children for symptoms of COVID-19 before sending them to school each day.

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