The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), working with NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has partnered with laboratories and other providers to test NYC DOE students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection.
Our laboratory and provider testing partners will come to every school periodically to test a sample of the students, teachers and staff. If you consent, you may be selected for testing on one or more of these occasions, and you may also be tested in accordance with state and city mandates, or if you exhibit one or more symptoms of COVID-19, or if you are a close contact of a student, teacher, or staff person with COVID-19 infection, or in connection with your involvement in an extracurricular activity for which testing may be conducted.
If you consent, you will receive a free diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus. Collecting a specimen for testing involves inserting a small swab, similar to a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose and/or collecting saliva.
COVID-19 test results will generally be provided within 48-72 hours. If your test results are positive, you must stay home, and should inform your supervisor and contact your doctor immediately to review the test results. If you test negative but have symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have concerns about your exposure to COVID-19, you should call your doctor. If you need help finding a doctor, call (844) NYC-4NYC.
Notification of information sharing
The law allows some information about you to be shared with and among certain New York City and New York State agencies and their contracted service providers, including those listed below. This information will be shared only for public health purposes, which include notifying your close contacts if they have been exposed to COVID-19 and taking other steps to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in schools and communities. Information about you that may be shared with these agencies and service providers conducting COVID-19 testing includes your name and COVID-19 test results, date of birth/age, gender, race/ethnicity, school name(s), address, telephone, mobile number, and email address. Information will only be shared in accordance with the laws and City policies protecting privacy and the security of your data.
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