Updates on student testing and consent forms
To our Monroe One families-
We are asking you to review your COVID-19 testing consent form for your student as soon as possible. This is an effort to keep schools open for in-person instruction.
Today Governor Cuomo announced a Winter Plan to combat a COVID-19 surge in New York State. One of the key strategies includes keeping schools open safely, specifically focusing on K-8 and Special Education schools.
Part of the state’s plan for schools will require districts to establish sustainable, ongoing testing.
We want to be as prepared as possible to meet state requirements in order to keep students coming to school. In order to do that, we are asking everyone to complete the testing consent form.
The first week of state-mandated testing of students and staff revealed schools continue to be a safe and healthy environment. While we received a strong response to our initial consent for student COVID-19 testing, we still need a higher number of families to consent in order to keep schools open in the long term.
This includes EMCC and Multi-Occupational/FOCUS students. In a partnership with your student’s home district, Monroe One will be providing the testing of EMCC and MOF students. Those results will count towards your home district’s reporting, meaning your student will not need to be tested at both locations.
WHY DO WE NEED CONSENT FORMS FILLED OUT?
In order to stay open for in-person instruction, schools will need to have a testing plan in place.
As part of the state’s Winter Plan, schools in orange and red zones will be required to conduct weekly testing. We want to be ready to meet those requirements in order to prevent any disruption to your student’s education.
The decisions for zone designations and testing requirements for schools are made by the Governor and not Monroe One BOCES or Monroe County leaders.
WHAT DOES TESTING INVOLVE?
The rapid test is a smaller, less-invasive nasal swab. It is quickly inserted into the lower section of the nose by a trained member of our health services staff. You will be notified within 24 hours of a positive result. You will also be notified before your student gets a test while at school.
You can have your student tested by your own doctor or pharmacy. Testing will need to be done within a week of your student being selected as part of the district’s weekly grouping and results will need to be provided to Monroe One by Thursday of that testing week.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT HAVE MY STUDENT TESTED?
In short, your student may not be able to return to in-person learning if the area is in an orange or red zone. If schools cannot test enough students, it may be forced to move all learning to remote instruction.
If a school moves to an orange zone, it will need to quickly test enough students to stay open for in-person learning.
HOW DO I GIVE MY CONSENT OR CHANGE MY PREVIOUS CONSENT CHOICE?
Click here to fill out the electronic form through your ParentSquare account. You can sign into this with the information you provided through SchoolTool in the paperwork you filled out over the summer.
If you would like to change your consent choice, complete this electronic form.
If you do not want to do an electronic signature, please contact your student's building principal for a PDF version.
We want to extend our gratitude for your continued partnership as we all work together to keep our students healthy and in school.