COVID-19 Self Testing Kits

Letter to Parents/Guardians of Cut Knife Community School:

 

With the return of school, the Saskatchewan Health Authority has created a voluntary family at home self-testing pilot program for COVID-19. This program is primarily geared toward having families who have children under the age of 12 take part in this voluntary program. Children under the age of 12 are ineligible for vaccines, therefore it is strongly recommended that eligible members of their household be fully vaccinated as this provides the highest level circle of protection for unvaccinated children.

The at home self-testing program offers free at home testing kits to interested families. Your school has been identified for the at home self-testing pilot. More information about this program can be found here: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/health-care-administration-and-provider-resources/treatment-procedures-and-guidelines/emerging-public-health-issues/2019-novel-coronavirus/testing-information/rapid-testing-in-schools.

The pilot program will provide a valuable screening tool for families and communities, as positive test results will require families to call 811 for further instruction which may include isolating to contain the spread of COVID-19. A positive result from the at home self-test does not immediately lead to contact tracing as a diagnostic test will be required following a rapid test positive result to confirm the result. 

It is recommended that you self-test each member of your family once per week using the materials within the kit. Self-tests are ideally used only with family members who have no symptoms of COVID-19. Family members with COVID-like symptoms should isolate and seek testing at the nearest COVID-19 testing centre. 

If your family is interested in participating in this at home self-test pilot program, please contact the school at 306-398-2333. 

The Saskatchewan Health Authority is holding a town hall meeting for those families and school staff who are interested in the program. The town hall will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at 6 p.m. Click here to register for the town hall: https://skhealth.webex.com/skhealth/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3606fb5a077d1d721337222975fc5779.

Thank you for considering this opportunity for your family to participate in this important screening program, which is intended to help keep schools safer from COVID-19.