As everyone knows, every student returning to the building is required to present a negative COVID-19 test. These results should be obtained through private testing and the results should be uploaded to the students’ Magnus Health portal, as detailed in the recent email from Nurse Sharon McGahan.
Additionally, the school has contracted with JCM Analytics
to conduct mandatory weekly testing of everyone in our community expected to be in the building during our phase-in schedule from September 29th through October 19th. Our testing regimen will be a weekly round of pool testing using an FDA-approved testing kit for viral RNA. For more information on pool testing, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/lab/pooling-procedures.html
Conducting weekly testing of everyone in the building will provide our community an important health and safety measure against the spread of the virus. On Fridays (October 2nd, October 9th, and October 16th), the school will send home an easy-to-use nasal swab test with each student, faculty, and staff member who is in the building that week, according to our phase-in schedule. (This swab is for the front of the nostrils, not the one that goes way back into the sinus.) The test should be completed at home on Sunday evening and the sample brought back to school on the first day of the following week (October 5th, October 13th, and October 19th). Every person coming to the building is required to be tested, and no student will be allowed into school the next week without their sample.
If there are no positives, school will proceed as usual. If there is a positive result, we will respond accordingly according to New York DOH guidelines and in consultation with local health officials.
You can find additional information from JCM Analytics about pool testing in this slide presentation
, and can find answers to many questions in this FAQ
To proceed with this testing regimen, every family must complete an online consent form before October 1st
. This consent form can be found as a required form in Connect. Until you’ve completed it, the form link appears in the yellow bar at the top of the page when you log into Collegiate Connect. Again, this is a requirement for any child who is returning to the building
. If you have any additional questions about the testing process, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Requiring testing in these opening weeks will give us the best chance to stay open and keep our community healthy. We plan to require this testing for the first three weeks of in-building school, and depending on the results over that period, we may adjust the frequency and scope after that time. We will keep you informed of any changes.
Adhering to this weekly testing requirement and committing to shared community norms and expectations reflects our school motto: In Unity, There is Strength
. The success of this entire school year, and most especially our efforts to stay healthy and to remain in the building, will require a team effort. The school cannot monitor the boys’ behavior and decisions once they leave school each day and for the weekend, so we are relying on them and their parents to make safe choices that will benefit us individually and collectively. As always, please send any questions or comments you may have to email@example.com
so that we can ensure a timely and appropriate response.
I wish all of you good health and am eager to see the boys in person come next week.