Consent Forms

Keeping school buildings open depends on helping the community stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. 

That’s why NYC schools have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection. 

Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students (in grades 1-12) once per month. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit). 

In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible. 

Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students. 

Providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and efforts to safely provide in-person instruction. 

Testing in our school will begin in October. More details are forthcoming.

Please see the consent forms, which are available for both students and staff.



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