Effective Friday, September 17, a province-wide mandatory masking order will be implemented for all indoor public spaces. 

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Self-Testing in Schools

Self-testing is safe, easy to use, provides fast results within 15 minutes, and most importantly, is gentle. Self-tests it only take a few seconds to collect a sample using a swab that goes into the upper part of each nostril. These tests can be done almost anywhere, at any time to see if you may have COVID-19.

Saskatchewan is developing a self-testing (rapid test) pilot in select schools to gauge the demand and uptake for self-administered rapid tests in families with children under the age of 12 years old who may wish to screen for COVID-19 on an ongoing basis. The pilot program provides self-test kits to families through their schools for the 2021-22 school year, along with instructional information on how to properly use the self-testing kit. Information regarding the self-testing pilot program for families will soon be provided to school divisions for distribution to families. It is anticipated that the selected schools included in the pilot program will be determined in consultation with the school divisions and Medical Health Officers (MHOs). While the recommendation to seek lab testing (PCR test) and stay home at the first-sign of any COVID-19 symptoms will continue, the pilot self-testing program is intended to gauge public uptake of the use of self-testing as an effective screening tool for those who may be COVID-positive, but have no symptoms and require further investigation.

100,000 rapid tests were shipped to schools in March 2021 to help manage transmission and keep students and staff safe. Come September, School divisions and schools will continue to work with their local Medical Health Officer (MHO) to determine if and when self-testing within schools should be used.

Note: Not all schools will be testing. If self-testing is offered to students and school staff, participation is voluntary.

A Questions and Answers document is available for parents, caregivers and schools.

Test to Protect – Communications Toolkits

This Test to Protect Communications Toolkits for parents and schools has been prepared to assist with the Self-Testing Pilot Program by providing information and answering any questions parents, caregivers or schools may have or that may get asked about self-testing and why we are focusing on self-testing to help fight COVID-19. 

Toolkit for Parents

  1. Self-Testing Guide
  2. COVID-19 Self-Testing Instructions
  3. Positive Self-Test Results Guide
  4. Self-Test infographic
  5. At Home Self-Testing Results Tracker
  6. Tips for Testing Small Children

Toolkit for Schools

  1. Key Messages and Questions and Answers
  2. COVID-19 Self-Testing Instructions
  3. Positive Self-Test Results Guide
  4. Negative Self-Test Results Guide
  5. Self-Testing Poster Template 01 (PDF)
  6. Self-Testing Poster Template 02 (PDF)
  7. At Home Self-Testing Results Tracker
  8. School Self-Testing Kit Supply Request Form
  9. Instructions for Accessing Online Training for Community Point of Care Antigen Testing – Abbott Panbio (June 10, 2021)

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