Important information for all Blended Learners
Dear EVCS families,
Today I am writing about an important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings.
The Department of Education has partnered with multiple city agencies to arrange for the testing of students and staff for COVID-19 infection. These partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month – approximately 20% of our school building will be selected each month. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Whenever possible, students will self-administer the test. And later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
But in order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to return the consent form as soon as possible. All in-person students will bring home a paper consent form after their next day of in-school attendance. Please check your child’s backpack this week and then sign the form and return in your child’s backpack.
You may have further questions, so in the below letter from NYC, there is an attached Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review this with your child. Testing in schools will begin in October.
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping our school community safe and healthy.
Please read the full letter here which includes FAQ from the Department of Education, the Department of Health, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps.