Consent for Testing

Consent Form:

School Testing COVID Consent for Staff
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Dear Principals,

Teachers and School Staff,

First and foremost, I’d like to thank you all for everything you have done during the ongoing months of this crisis to meet the challenges of this unprecedented school year. Your continuing dedication to the children and families of New York couldn’t be clearer.

As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top priority. That’s why many things in our school buildings will look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, and our students and staff remain healthy.

Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.

Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students (in grades 1-12) once per month. 3K, Pre-K, Kindergarten, and D75 students will not be in the testing group. The exact number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.

Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.

Providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and efforts to safely provide in-person instruction.

Testing in schools will begin in October. We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions document. You can also reach out to your union or your manager at any time with any questions or concerns.

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy

See a PDF of this letter from The Commissioner of the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene below.

Staff Letter + FAQ
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