COVID-19 Testing in NYS Schools Resources

NYSDOH Memos and Guidance

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) 

COVID-19 Executive Orders (nysed.gov)

NYSDOH COVID-19 Resources

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 must complete COVID-19 testing in accordance with NYSDOH Guidance. NYS Limited-Service Laboratory Certificate (LSL), is required for conducting tests. Local health departments (LHD) may allow schools to operate under their LSL to conduct testing. Schools may request test kits directly from the NYSDOH at covid19rapidtest@health.ny.gov  

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).

NYSDOH COVID-19 Webinars

The NYSDOH Office of School COVID Support has recorded 2 webinars and provided PDF PPT Slides to address the 9/2/21 guidance updates, daily reporting to the School Report Card, and COVID-19 testing.

Links To Recorded Webinars: Webinar: Overview of COVID-19 Testing
Webinar: Overview of Interim Guidance for Classroom Instruction in P-12 Schools During the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Presentation PDF Slides: Overview of COVID-19 Testing
PDF PPT Slides: Overview of Interim Guidance for Classroom Instruction in P-12 Schools During the 2021-2022 Academic Year  


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 clep@health.ny.gov

Page Updated 1/14/22