NYS School-based Rapid COVID-19 Testing Demonstration…

Written by on December 29, 2020

12/29/20

Dear Shenendehowa Community,

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that if a region in New York State is identified as a designated “Yellow Zone,” schools will be required to test 20% of in-person students and staff for COVID-19 to remain open for in-person instruction. 

The Shenendehowa Central School District has prepared a video to demonstrate for students and staff how easy and unobtrusive the Rapid COVID-19 test is: https://youtu.be/y-7hLmUtiCo.  

The Rapid Test will be administered under the supervision of a trained medical professional.  Collecting a specimen for testing involves inserting a small swab, similar to a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose.  

PLEASE NOTE, SHEN IS NOT CURRENTLY IN A DESIGNATED ZONE FOR TESTING. WE ARE ONLY PREPARING.

If the region does become a designated zone for testing, students and staff who have consented may be randomly selected to receive a free diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus. Please consider consenting by filling out the Consent for Rapid COVID-19 Testing form, that has been emailed to you. You will continue to receive a daily email until you complete the form, either giving consent or denying consent.

Testing is not mandatory and no one will be excluded from school or work because they choose not to be tested.  However, if we do not receive consent from at least 20% of students and staff, we would likely be forced to shift to fully remote instruction. 

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the child will be isolated from classmates and supervised until the parent/guardian is able to pick up the child from school. If a staff member tests positive, said individual will be directed to leave the school site immediately. Follow-up instructions will be provided.

We will keep you informed of any developments and specific plans for COVID-19 testing should the district be designated as a “yellow zone”.  In the meantime, please continue to follow all health and safety precautions in your daily activities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Committed to Excellence,

Dr. L. Oliver Robinson

Superintendent of Schools