Find below information and resources about this program.
Rapid home COVID-19 tests for school-aged children : Family Memo and Decision Tree
Performing your own COVID-19 rapid test at home: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-rapid-testing
Frequently Asked Questions
- A rapid COVID-19 test is a test that can detect COVID-19 in about 15 minutes. This rapid test can be used at home to detect COVID-19 in anyone with symptoms of COVID-19.
- It is less accurate than a lab-based test at a testing site, which means that if negative, the test must be repeated after 48 hours.
- Tests will be provided through the public school system
- The rapid antigen test involves a shallow nose swab of both nostrils. This is different from the deeper nasopharyngeal swab used at testing clinics.
- Step by step instructions are provided with the test kits.
- The rapid test will give you a result in about 15 minutes.
- If your child had a single mild symptom other than a cough AND is well enough to attend school, your child can go to school following a negative result as long as they do not have a fever for 24 hours. Because rapid antigen tests are not as accurate as lab-based tests, your child must complete a second rapid test 48 hours after the completing the first.
- If your child has a cough or two or more other symptoms, keep child at home, continue to monitor symptoms and repeat the test in 48 hours. If the second test is negative, then you may return to school/ childcare if symptoms are resolved or improving, and there is no fever for 24 hours. Call 811 if symptoms continue.
- If your child is experiencing more severe symptoms, you should seek medical care immediately.
- If your child is eligible for PCR testing, you may choose this option instead. Refer to the decision tree.
- If your child has recently tested positive for COVID-19 you should not use the rapid take-home tests. Public health does not recommend testing for individuals recovered within the past 90 days. If new symptoms develop after 90 days you may use the tests.