COVID-19 Testing in NYS Schools Resources

NYSDOH Memos and Guidance By Date of Issue

NYSCSH COVID-19 Resources

NYSCSH COVID-19 Sample Resources
Includes Sample School COVID-19 Testing Consent Form, Sample School COVID-19 Testing Consent Form Instructions, Sample Non-Patient Specific Order for Testing, and Sample Your Child was Seen in the Health Office Due to Symptoms of COVID-19 that may be adapted for use after approval by the school medical director. (Redirects to NYSCSH Communicable Disease | Illness | Injury Notifications | Consents | Non-Patient Specific Orders page of the website.

NYSCSH Information about COVID-19 Testing in Schools
Provides an overview of the required certification, training, PPE, collection, and storage necessary for COVID testing in the school setting. (NYSCSH 11/19/20)

NYSDOH COVID-19 Testing Webpage
This page provides up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing in NYS. It includes information on finding a testing site, who can be tested, drive-through testing, antigen testing, antibody testing, molecular testing, and contact tracing. Click here to visit the site.

NYSDOH Wadsworth Limited Service Laboratories (LSL) Webpage
The Wadsworth Center (WC) is the public health laboratory of the NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH). 
Public and private schools that choose in-person learning in Yellow, Orange, and Red "micro-cluster" zones must complete COVID-19 testing in accordance with NYSDOH Guidance. A NYS Limited-Service Laboratory Certificate (LSL), is required for conducting tests. Local health departments (LHD) are required to allow schools to operate under their LSL to conduct weekly testing. If the LHD does not have an operational LSL or is unable to support the school in conducting testing, the LHD must work with the school to identify community partners with an LSL. Schools may request test kits directly from the NYSDOH at  

NYSDOH Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System (ECLRS)
ECLRS is an electronic system for submitting required reportable disease information to the NYSDOH, county health departments, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. 
Data is entered into ECLRS through the NYS Health Provider Network (HPN).

NYSED Office of Professions - Executive Orders for Licensees Impacted by COVID-19 and Information on Writing and Following Standing Orders in NYS 

Questions on testing can be directed to the NYSDOH at
Questions on obtaining limited Service Lab Certificates can be directed to the NYSODH Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (518) 485-5378 or

Page Updated 6/9/21