October 7, 2021
Dear Maryvale Community
Our district is partnering with the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) to offer two COVID-19 testing programs for students and staff this school year. The testing programs are completely voluntary. The programs are called Surveillance Testing and Proximal Testing and they both are an added layer of safety mitigation for students and staff. Parental consent is needed to enroll your child in the program. The consent is voluntary, but by providing consent it helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our schools.
We will implement the state-required surveillance testing first and follow with implementing proximal testing in the near future.
Surveillance testing is a proactive safety measure. Each week a random selection of 10% of students and staff that have consented will be tested. The testing uses a self-collected oral swab PCR test (children will be given a swab and will be able to swab in between their jawline and under their tongue with Buffalo Homecare personnel assisting). Both unvaccinated and vaccinated students can be enrolled.
Proximal Testing happens when there is a positive COVID-19 case in a classroom. If your child is in the same room as someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, they will have the opportunity to have a COVID-19 test done 3-5 days after the last day they were around the COVID-19 positive person. Proximal Testing is offered 3-5 days later since that is the incubation period of the COVID-19 Delta Variant, which is the variant making up most of the cases in our county.
There are four steps to correctly enroll your child.
Step 1: Watch the ECDOH Program Overview Presentation which will answer many of your questions.
Step 2: Watch the Quadrant Program Registration Video. Quadrant is the laboratory ECDOH is partnering with to process and analyze the samples collected.
Step 3: Complete and submit the ECDOH Program Consent Form.
Step 4: Register with and complete the Quadrant Program Consent Form.
Please enroll by Friday, October 22, 2021. Surveillance Testing will begin the week of November 1, 2021. You will be notified via email through Blackboard Connect when your child is scheduled for surveillance testing. The testing will occur during the school day. Proximal Testing will begin shortly after, and you will also be notified via email through Blackboard Connect when your child is scheduled for proximal testing.
You can withdraw consent at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and including your child's full name and date of birth. If you have any questions, please contact the ECDOH School Team at (716) 858-1918. Under NYSDOH guidelines, COVID-19 screening testing is recommended in high transmission areas and Erie County has been designated as a high transmission county.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind parents if your child is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and you are seeking a negative test result so that they can return to school, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has provided a list of community-based testing options within Erie County that offer NAAT COVID-19 tests.
As a reminder, there are three ways a student can return to school after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms: provide a negative NAAT (PCR) test, provide a doctor’s note with an alternative diagnosis, or stay out of school for 10 days after the onset of symptoms. These apply to all symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status.
Thank you for your continuous support,
Director of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services.