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However, a pilot project was introduced in late November and December in Ottawa, Toronto, York and Peel that tested 9,000 asymptomatic students, staff and family members.
Public health officials are also pleading with parents to have their symptomatic children tested at the regular COVID-19 assessment centres.
Testing among school-aged children has dropped in Ottawa during the time children were on Christmas holiday and then learning remotely at home. Students have not been attending in-person learning since Dec. 18.
The drop in testing makes it difficult for public health officials to get an accurate idea of the prevalence of COVID-19 in children.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches has warned the number of children testing positive for the virus will probably initially increase as children return to schools and more testing is conducted.
Students — or parents on their behalf — are required to take a COVID-19 symptom quiz every day before going to school, and stay home if they fail.
The $381 million announced Monday is the second of a two-part in federal grant money to improve school safety.
It also included $50 million to improve ventilation at schools, another key issue given the current understanding that the virus is spread mainly by breathing it in, not by touching surfaces as initially thought.
The government is reserving $33 million of the federal funding to use in COVID-19 hot spots later.
The news about the funding arrives as students gradually return to in-person classes at schools across the province.
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