Please take a moment to read the attached letter from Richard A. Carranza Chancellor, New York City Department of Education.
In this letter you will read about next steps and information about Consent for Mandatory Weekly Testing for COVID-19 for yellow zone school buildings. An important precautionary step that all yellow zone schools will perform is mandatory weekly testing of a random selection of staff and students in the school building.
Weekly testing of students and staff is mandatory for schools in the yellow zone, and will continue until the State modifies or lifts the zone requirements, or your school is no longer in the yellow zone.
In order for us to test your child for COVID-19, we need your consent.
There are two easy ways to provide consent. Please note that even if you previously provided consent, as a parent at a State-designated Yellow Zone school we ask you to resubmit the consent form for your child, as the consent form accounts for the new mandate from the State requiring weekly testing in your school. Whether you have filled out a form previously, or if you have not yet filled out a form, please see these easy methods to do so right away:
1). Online: Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to mystudent.nyc
--If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.
--If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out you and your child’s information to provide consent.
2) Fill out a paper consent form. Go to schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting for downloadable forms.