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Yellow Zone COVID Testing Q&A

Who will be performing the actual swab?
Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses  and Physicians Assistants will  conduct testing in our schools. Our school nurses will be present to assist.

What does the test consist of? 
This test, the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card, is best described as a non-invasive nostril swab.  This is not the deep nasal swab that is conducted in a PCR test.  Rather, it is similar to a qtip swirling around the nostril five times.  

How will parents obtain testing results?
Results will be ready within approximately 15 minutes of taking the test. Parents will be notified immediately if their child tests positive.

How will results be kept and my child’s HIPAA rights be protected?
The District will adhere to all privacy laws, as it does with all other matters involving our students, faculty, and staff.

If one does not consent, can the child still attend school in-person?
At this time, yes. So long as there are enough members of the in-person school community (students, staff and faculty) who are willing to be tested (20% per two weeks), school will remain open. If the 20% mark cannot be met and is declared a “zone,” the District may not be able to offer in-person instruction and shift to full remote operation  Click here to read more.  

My child(ren) are remote learners. Do they need to be tested?
No.

What happens if Longwood is designated an orange or red zone?
As of December 4, schools designated an orange or red zone are no longer required to close, but they will be required to conduct weekly testing. Schools in orange zones will be required to test 20% of in-person students and staff over the course of a month and schools in red zones will be required to test 30% of in-person students and staff over the course of a month. 

Where will testing occur?
Testing will occur at school in a segregated, socially-distanced and sanitized location.  Only the number of tests that can be administered per hour adhering to strict public health guidelines will be conducted.  As we move forward and learn from our experiences other options may be entertained.

Who is paying for this "free test kit"?
The testing kits will be provided "free" by the NYSDOH. Certainly the tests were not "free" but the test kit cost burden is not on families, the community, District or Suffolk County.

Will parents be notified if their child is randomly selected to be tested?
The testing schedule will be established prior to each  test and you will be informed that your child has been selected.
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Can parents be present while their child is being tested?
Yes. If you choose to be with your child during testing an appointment will be set up during one of the two testing weeks.  

Will parents be notified if their child is randomly selected to be tested?
The testing schedule will be established prior to each  test and you will be informed that your child has been selected.

How often will children be tested? 
At this time, it is expected that your child will only be tested once.  

Will faculty, staff and administration be tested?
Yes.   
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