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Special Requirements for Return to School Testing for Symptomatic Students and 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.

 

 Where to find a NAAT test: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you

 

 Community-based Testing Resources for Students and Parents in Erie County: Community-based Testing Resources for Students and Parents in Erie County

 

 New York State Department of Health Commissioner's Determination on COVID-19 Testing Pursuant Guidance:  NYSDOH Testing Requirement