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How to Give Consent for Lansingburgh Student COVID-19 Testing

December 14, 2020

Please see the message from Dr. Abitabile below about giving consent for your in-person learning student(s) to be tested for COVID-19 at school if Lansingburgh is designated as one of the color-coded zones under Governor Cuomo's NYS Micro Cluster Strategy. 

You can find the link for the Lansingburgh Student COVID-19 Testing Consent form by clicking here or in Dr. Abitabile's letter below. 

Dr. Abitabile's message is also available on district letterhead here

All school reopening news and COVID-19 updates can be found on the district’s Reopening Updates page here.


Lansingburgh School Community,

On Friday, we shared information about Governor Cuomo’s Micro Cluster Strategy regarding color-coded zones and what this means for our District. In order for our school building(s) to remain open, the District will need to test 20% of in-person students and staff if our region is designated as a “yellow zone” by NYS.

To help us prepare for testing should our area be designated as a “yellow zone,” please consider giving consent for school-based COVID-19 testing by filling out the Consent for Student COVID-19 Testing Form.

If you consent, your child may be randomly selected to receive a free COVID-19 Rapid Test. Children randomly selected for testing will receive prior notification from the district before the test is taken so that your child can be prepared in advance. Once tested, the district will send something home so you are aware that the test was administered.  Students who are learning 100% virtually do not need to fill out this form. Please note that these tests are non-invasive and are not the deep-swab procedures performed at medical facilities.

Testing is not mandatory, however, if we do not receive consent from at least 20% of students and staff, we would likely be forced to shift to full remote instruction for all grades for the period of time that our region is classified as a yellow zone.

We will keep you informed of any developments and plans for state-mandated COVID-19 testing at our schools. Please remember to continue to follow all health and safety precautions to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Respectfully,

Dr. Antonio W. Abitabile, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools