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Ottawa, Sep 3 (Canadian-Media): Ontario government's decision to omit mandatory school testing of Ontario students heading back to school this month amid a global pandemic, confirmed in Ontario's updated school reopening guidelines released last week, surprised many parents and observers, media reports said.
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A multiple public health and medical ethics experts interviewed by CBC Toronto supported the province's strategy to forgo mandatory COVID-19 testing in schools, at least for the time being.
Under the guidelines, parents and educators will be asked to screen for COVID-19 symptoms and keep children out of class if they display a possible infection. Other students who come into contact with a known case of the disease will also be directed to self-isolate for 14 days.
In those scenarios, although students may be advised to be tested by a health-care provider, but they will not be required to show proof of a negative test result before returning to class after their period of self-isolation.
But many were of the opinion that a policy for mandatory testing may contribute to keeping schools safe.
"I think mandatory testing across the board would be a good thing and add another layer to the safety protocols that are being put in place," said Sam Hammond, president of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario, reported by CBC News.