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Pilot project for Rapid COVID-19 tests begins in elementary schools

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Montreal - Thursday, September 23, 2021

The English Montreal School Board will begin a pilot project for rapid tests for COVID-19 at four elementary schools-  St-Raphael and Sinclair Laird in Park Extension, Our Lady of Pompei in Ahuntsic and Gerald McShane in Montreal North – once the necessary training is completed.

These tests will be used for students who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the day and priority will be given in high-transmission areas. Parents will be asked for permission for the testing by completing a consent form provided by the school. 

Plans call for the remainder of the EMSB primary schools to be on board with the rapid tests in late October.

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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