COVID-19 Testing in NYS Schools Resources
- 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)
- NYSDOH (Education Constituents Group) New Vaccine Survey for One-Time Submission (6/9/21)
- NYSDOH (Education Constituents Gropu) Updated Micro-Cluster Focus Zones Going into Effect for Schools on 1/27/2021 (Wednesday, January 27, 2021)
- NYSDOH Guidance for NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Program Effective 1/15/21 (1/15/21)
- Updated Guidance for School Administrators Regarding Limited Temporary Enforcement of Student Immunization Requirement (January 10, 2021)
- NYSDOH UPDATE to Health Advisory: Revised Protocols for Personnel in Healthcare and Other Direct Care Settings to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure January 7, 2021
- NYSDOH (Education Constituents Group) Information on Changes on Reporting Testing Results for Schools in Orange and Red Zones Wednesday, January 6, at 6:25 PM)
- NYSDOH (Education Constituents Group) Submitting Your First Daily School Survey After Returning From a Break (Monday, January 4, at 6:25 PM)
- NYSDOH (Education Constituents Email With Reporting COVID-19 Data During Winter Break (December 23, 5:25 PM)
- Interim Guidance on COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Public and Non-Public Schools Located in Areas Designated as “Red” or “Orange” Cluster Zones Under the NYS Cluster Action Initiative (Updated December 4, 2020, Originally Issued November 3, 2020)
- Governor Cuomo-Winter Plan to Combat COVID-19 Surge in New York State (November 30, 2020))
- Extension for Testing in Yellow Micro-cluster Zones from the Education Constituents Team (11/25/20)
- NYSDOH Information for Yellow, Orange, and Red Zones Per Education Constituents Team (11/24/20)
School workers (teachers and faculty) who must gain entry to a school building for the purposes of providing remote instruction, preparing meals, and facilitating the effective operation of the school during remote instruction, are not required to receive a COVID test result prior to gaining entry to the building. While best practice, it is not a requirement. Such workers are allowed to continue their activities in red, orange, and yellow zones while student instruction remains remote. If in a red/orange zone and the school decides to “test out” per the Interim Guidance on COVID-19 Test-Out for Public and Non-Public Schools Located in Areas Designated as “Red or Orange Micro-Cluster Zones” Under the New York State Micro-Cluster Action Initiative, all school employees would be part of the testing requirements (both 100% and 25%) prior to the school reopening for in-person instruction. Any positive faculty or staff member would not be permitted to reenter the school (NYSDOH November 24, 2020).
- Update Regarding and Extension for Testing in Yellow Micro-Cluster Zones (NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) Education Constituents Team November 25, 2020)
- Additional Addendum to Interim Guidance on Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in Public and Non-Public Schools Located in Areas Designated as “Yellow Zones” Under the New York State Cluster Action Initiative (Updated November 14, 2020)
- ADDENDUM to Interim Guidance on Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in Public and Non-Public Schools Located in Areas Designated as “Yellow Zones” Under the New York State Cluster Action Initiative October 9, 2020 (Updated November 12, 2020)
- Interim Guidance on COVID-19 Test-Out for Public and Non-Public Schools Located in Areas Designated as “Red or Orange Micro-Cluster Zones” Under the New York State Micro-Cluster Action Initiative (November 3, 2020)
- Interim Guidance on Mandatory COVID-19 Testing in Public and Non-Public Schools Located in Areas Designated as “Yellow Zones” Under the New York State Cluster Action Initiative (October 9, 2020)
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 email@example.com
- NYS Guidance for following Standard Practices in Laboratory Medicine
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)
- Tests that are approved for use under the LSL can be viewed here.
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).
Questions on testing can be directed to the NYSDOH at Covid19rapidtest@health.ny.gov
Questions on obtaining limited Service Lab Certificates can be directed to the NYSODH Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (518) 485-5378 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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