Return to School Testing for Symptomatic Students & Staff
Information regarding returning to school with COVID symptoms provided from the: New York State Commissioner’s Determination on COVID-19 Testing Pursuant to 10 NYCRR 2.62 September 2, 2021
Special Requirements for Return to School Testing for Symptomatic Students and Staff
COVID-19 testing requirements for return to school
Students and staff with COVID-19 symptoms can return to school one of three ways*:
Provide a Negative NAAT diagnostic test
Provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis
Stay out of school for 10 days since symptom onset
*Please carefully review NYSDOH guidance for details.
Given the growing prevalence of breakthrough infections among vaccinated populations nationwide, there is no recommended exemption for symptomatic vaccinated people.
Definition of NAAT Tests:
Nucleic acid amplification tests (known as NAATs, such as polymerase chain reaction, or PCR tests) are the most sensitive type of test available and the best option for ensuring that symptomatic people with COVID-19 are excluded from school. The Department expectation is that all schools require a negative NAAT result for people with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 to return to school.
At this time, antigen (rapid test) tests do not meet the requirement for students or staff to return to school with new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 due to the current high Erie County transmission rate.
We still recommend parents reaching out to their school nurse with any questions.
We also recommend employees to reach out to Kristine DeMartino with any questions. Please be advised that employees are still required to contact Ms. DeMartino when they test positive or are a possible close contact to an individual that tested positive.
Both the Test-to-Stay (TTS) program and testing for students who develop Symptoms at School (SaS) began at Lake Shore schools on Tuesday, Jan. 25.
Since then, the Erie County Department of Health has issued a Commissioner’s Order that directs school administrators, teachers and staff to prevent any asymptomatic COVID-19 close contact who has not completed a primary vaccine series from entering any school building or facility until their quarantine period has expired unless they participate in the Test-to-Stay Program.