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Parental Consent for Student COVID-19 Testing (9/15/21)

September 15, 2021

Dear Families,

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is requiring school districts to randomly test non-vaccinated students weekly for COVID-19 in order to promptly identify cases, clusters and outbreaks. A similar mandate is in effect for staff. For this reason, PCSD is seeking parental/guardian consent to test your child(ren) for COVID-19. PCSD is not isolating the random testing to non-vaccinated students, rather, regardless of your vaccination status, you may give consent.

If you consent, your child may receive a free screening test for the COVID-19 virus that will be administered by one of our school nurses. The District will notify parents/guardians in advance of testing your child. Students will not be tested without parental/guardian consent.

On Friday, September 17, 2021, PCSD parents/guardians will receive an email with a unique and secure link to use for providing consent to screen your child(ren) for COVID-19 at random times throughout the school year. This email message will come from Qualtrics, the company that sent our daily health screenings last school year.

If your child is randomly selected for testing, a rapid COVID-19 test will be used. This test involves inserting a small swab, similar to a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose. To better understand how the test is conducted, please watch this video.

The District will notify you if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Any students who test positive will be sent home and must be kept at home until meeting Monroe County Department of Public Health’s (MCDPH) criteria to return to school.

The law requires and/or allows some information about your child to be shared with Monroe County and New York State Public Health Agencies. This includes notifying the MCDPH about the COVID-19 results of each student who is tested, along with the student’s name, date of birth, race, ethnicity, gender, address, and phone number.

Please be on the watch for an email from Qualtrics at approximately 10:00 am this Friday. We will keep the consent or non-consent survey up through September 27 with random testing commencing on the week of October 4.  Our goal is to test between 5-10% weekly of those providing consent within all buildings. 

Thank you,

Michael Pero
Superintendent of Schools