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Jan. 20 | COVID Testing & COVID Case in School Community

Dear Voorheesville families,

VCSD has enacted the district’s COVID testing protocols.  At this time, the district is not currently in a state-designated microcluster zone that requires COVID-19 testing in schools. The purpose of testing is purely for surveillance. Being aware of the positivity rate in our schools provides us with the data we need to keep our community safe. Thank you in advance as we work together to prioritize in-person learning for our district. 

On January 19th, the district started COVID testing staff members who consented/volunteered to do so.  Beginning on January 26th, the district plans to begin surveillance testing the student population.  Testing will occur only for individuals who have a consent form on file. The district will be sending out notifications to families if their child is on the list to be tested.  Students identified for testing will be given a two-week window of when the test will occur.  If your child is notified, and you do not want them to be tested, please contact your building principal. 

Required Consent Form

Click here for Voorheesville’s CSD Consent for Student Rapid COVID-19 Testing form. If you are willing to give consent on behalf of your child(ren), please submit the completed form to allow your child to be a part of the district's surveillance COVID testing program. The form will also be available on the district website through a “quick link.” Giving consent does not necessarily guarantee that the person will be tested.

Testing Process

The free diagnostic test for the COVID-19 virus will be administered by a certified or licensed medical provider (CNA, LPN, or RN). A rapid COVID-19 test will be used, which will involve inserting a small swab, similar to a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose. Results will be available within 15 minutes and we will notify you if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Any students who test positive will be sent home and must be kept at home until meeting the Albany County Department of Public Health criteria to return to school. This same procedure will be followed for faculty and staff. Please contact your or your child’s doctor immediately to review the test results should your child test positive for COVID-19.  

Testing Results

Test results are confidential and will not be released to the public.  As part of a testing center, the district does have to report testing results to NYSDOH through the ECLRS system (Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System).  If you would like more information on ECLRS please see the following https://www.health.ny.gov/professionals/reportable_diseases/eclrs/.

Parents/Guardians will be notified immediately in the event that a student is positive. All negative notifications will happen by the end of the day the student was tested.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID testing, please contact the district’s COVID coordinator, Joe Sapienza, by email at jsapienza@voorheesville.org or contact the district’s COVID hotline at 518-765-3314 ext. 207. 

New COVID Case in the District

The district learned about a new positive case of COVID-19 in our school community on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

  • The district was informed that an individual associated with the elementary school tested positive for Covid-19.
    • Based on preliminary information from the Albany County Department of Health, no other individuals from the elementary school need to quarantine at this time.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy laws restrict the district from disclosing or confirming any personally identifiable information. We cannot identify anyone who has tested positive.

The district continues to follow all prevention protocols in accordance with guidelines from the New York State Department of Health and CDC — this includes a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all school buildings. All schools will remain open for in-person instruction.

Please reach out to your child’s principal if you have any questions.

Thank you for the patience, flexibility, and grace you have demonstrated this school year! Thank you for all that you do to keep our community safe and our students the number one priority.