School COVID-19 Testing and Reporting
NYS Memos Related to COVID Testing in Schools, NYSCSH Overview of COVID Testing in Schools, Sample Consent and Non-Patient Specific Order for BinaxNow Testing, NYSDOH COVID-19 Testing Webpage, Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS).
Reporting of suspected or confirmed communicable diseases is mandated under the NYS Sanitary Code (10NYCRR 2.10). Although physicians have primary responsibility for reporting, school nurses, laboratory directors, infection control practitioners, daycare center directors, health care facilities, state institutions, and other individuals/locations providing health care services are also required to report.
Provides links to NYSED Office of Professions Professional Practice Information On Executive Orders for Licensees Impacted by COVIS-19 and Information on writing and following non-patient specific (Standing Orders) in NYS. Sample non-patient specific order and consent for testing provided.
This information is provided by email@example.com Please email them directly if you need additional information.
The BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card rapid antigen test is the only COVID-19 test device that will be distributed to schools by the NYSDOH under a Limited Service Laboratory (LSL). It consists of a nasal swab that provides results in 15 minutes. It identifies those currently infected by detecting SARS-CoV-2 antigen within the first 7 days of symptom onset. It provides 97.1% sensitivity and 98.5% specificity.
Obtain or Partner with Another Agency or Organization to Obtain an LSL
- NYSDOH Notification - As of June 25, 2021, All clinical laboratories will be required to have laboratory practitioners appropriately supervised in accordance with the requirements set out in 10 NYCRR § 58-1.3 (6/24/21)
- NYS Guidance for following Standard Practices in Laboratory Medicine (For sites performing waived and/or provider-performed microscopy procedures under a Limited Service Laboratory Registration) provides a chart of what is required to perform COVID-19 tests authorized under the LSL. It includes required training, who can be a lab director and their duties. ( NYSDOH 11/1/13) Please see the section above on LSL|Wadsworth Lab for additional info.
Obtain free BinaxNow test kits from the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH):
- Download and complete this Rapid Test Request Order Form. Save the completed form to your computer.
- Send the completed request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of tests needed is based on the number of your in-person students, faculty, staff X the percentage that needs to be tested in your designated micro-cluster zone.
- Note: Some local health departments (LHD) have the capacity to also distribute tests to schools, others do not. This is the link to contact your LHD https://www.nysacho.org/directory/.
These are the training modules that the NYSDOH is sending to schools who are requesting BinaxNOW Antigen tests.
- BinaxNOW Training Modules
This external link to the Abbott website provides an overview of the test, kit contents, storage, and stability. There are 6 modules which range from 1:50 minutes to 4:33 minutes to review.
- Helpful Documents for the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card rapid antigen test
This external link to the Abbott website provides a PPT Training Presentation, Product Insert Card, Procedure Card, Patient Fact Sheet, and more. It is important to read the product insert card for information on timing the test, disposal of used tests, use of gloves, and what can cause invalid tests. Test results should not be read after 30 minutes.
- Video of the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Test
Demonstration of the actual test by Monroe County Public Health Commissioner, Dr. Michael Mendoza (11/12/20)
For questions on the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card or NAVICA app contact the Abbott Technical Services Team at 1-800-257-9525 8 a.m- 8 p.m. EST Monday-Friday or email@example.com. The contact at Abbott for training on the BinaxNOW or NAVICA app is Jeremy Greenwood.@firstname.lastname@example.org
The CDC has published an overview to assist public health departments and healthcare providers prepare for broad-based viral testing for COVID in congregate settings (like schools). It covers supplies needed, coordination of planning between healthcare providers, the local health department, physical space, the flow for testing multiple people in succession, and what to do after testing is completed.
Information and resources provided do not constitute or infer an endorsement of specific products or programs by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) or the State. NYSED is not responsible for the content of the individual organization materials or external website links provided as resources.