Mandatory Covid-19 Testing for All Blended Learning Students
Reminder: All parents with students in blended learning must complete the consent form for random Covid testing for their student.
Testing will occur at least once per week, and a random sample of students and staff in attendance on the day of testing will undergo testing totaling 20% of the population each month.
The test being conducted is the Anterior Nasal Swab test, which is less invasive than the Nasopharyngeal Swab test that goes deeper into the nasal cavity. Comfort for the children is the utmost priority.
Random COVID-19 Testing Program - Testing Company Contracts Update
Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! For more information about the DOE’s Random COVID-19 Testing Program, please see the presentation from last week’s parent leader briefing on random testing in schools and links below. If you were unable to make the event, you can watch the recording here.
We received a number of questions from parent leaders and advocates about testing and student privacy, and are pleased to announce that the DOE website has been updated to provide information about the agreements with BioReference Laboratories Inc., Fulgent Genetics Inc., and Somos Healthcare Inc. We will share answers from the questions raised in the event’s chat and Q/A session next week. Here are additional resources:
See the Frequently Asked Questions about the testing program. If you have a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), you can complete the consent form electronically through the web application. If you revoke consent for testing through NYCSA, please notify your child’s school as well.
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· Read the letter from Chancellor Carranza about the testing (translations also available).
· Paper consent forms are available here.
· Video: NYC Schools will keep our kids safe