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Student COVID testing to begin Feb. 8 at BCHS

Filed in Archive, District, District News by on February 5, 2021

The Bethlehem Central School District will begin testing eligible students for COVID-19 beginning Monday, Feb. 8 at the high school. Families of students who will be tested on Monday were notified by email on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Testing will be expanded to other schools in the weeks ahead. Only students whose parents/guardians have provided consent will be selected for testing. The district expects to test between 10-20% of in-person students in February and March. 

The district is using the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid COVID tests that have been made available to school districts through the New York State Department of Health. The tests will be administered by our school nursing staff and are only being administered to individuals who have no symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with symptoms should contact their healthcare provider. 

The district offered Q & A sessions last week to discuss COVID testing in schools along with other health and safety topics. The Feb. 27 Q & A session included the district’s medical director Dr. Paul Gaffuri. 

Testing of students will look a little different depending on grade level. Details will be shared with families in advance if their child has been chosen to take part in the testing program.

Parents/guardians of BCHS students who have been selected for the first round of testing on Monday, Feb. 8 received an appointment notification by email. Between 35-40 students are scheduled to be tested on Monday. 

View the sample COVID Appointment Notification here