COVID-19 Testing at RCS
As per the directive of the New York State Department of Health, all NYS schools must offer screening (Surveillance) testing for unvaccinated students on a weekly basis in geographic areas identified by the CDC as having moderate, substantial, or high transmission rates. The RCS school district will also offer diagnostic testing in school for staff and students. We are in the process of rolling out our testing procedures, please check back for more updates.
COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing for Staff and Students:
RCS has begun offering free diagnostic testing for staff and students. We offer lab tests, not rapid (antigen) or NAAT tests, and they take 24-36 hours to return. This is voluntary and not required for any students, but it may allow your child to return to school sooner if they test negative. Students and staff do not need to be symptomatic to utilize our testing.
To become eligible for testing through RCS (only open to students and staff), please follow these steps:
This step is not required for staff
Parent or guardian consent is required for minors
The form can be returned to your student’s teacher or main office. If you have any questions, you can contact your student’s nurse.
Here is a video on how to register online (scroll down to view video).
This must be done in advance of the testing as you will not be able to register at the testing site.
If the child or staff member is not in school due to symptoms and would like to be tested at RCS, contact the school nurse directly to schedule an appointment:
A. W. Becker - (518) 756-5200 ext. 5005
Pieter B. Coeymans - (518) 756-5200 ext. 4005
RCS Middle School - (518) 756-5200 ext. 3021
RCS High School - (518) 756-5200 ext. 2015
Students and families will be given instructions about where to park and how to notify the office/nurse of your arrival. Please do not bring symptomatic students into any school buildings.
Individuals who are being tested should NOT use mouthwash or toothpaste within 1 hour prior to the test, and should NOT eat or drink anything except water within 30 minutes prior to the test. This includes:
Mints or hard candy
Lozenges or cough drops
Tobacco, smokeless tobacco, or vaping products
Results will be sent to both families and the school within 24-36 hours. In addition to the results being emailed directly to the family or staff member, any student or staff member who tests positive will be notified through a phone call from the school.
Once you complete 1 and 2, your child may be able to be tested before leaving school if they are sent home due to symptoms. You will be asked to verbally consent to each test before it is given.
Please provide your child’s full legal name.
For students, mark the Employment Status in step 5 as “Unknown.”
If you have insurance, please enter it when asked. You will NOT be charged copays or deductibles for any of the testing through Clarifi.
If you do not have insurance, you may skip this step.
Regardless of your insurance status, you will NOT be charged anything for these tests.
You may skip the questions asking for Social Security and Driver’s License numbers.
Please note that the registration will frequently say “child” or “my child.” If staff is completing the form for themselves, as an adult, answer the questions as though you are answering them for yourself.
There is no school or testing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 01/17/2022.
Testing will resume with classes Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
Local COVID-19 Vaccination & Testing Sites
If anyone in the community is looking to be tested for COVID-19, there are many testing sites open across New York State. Visit the NY Find a Test Site Near You page to find a complete list of testing sites available. To find a vaccination clinic for you or your child, you can visit the CDC’s Vaccines.gov website to find the closest vaccination sites for all forms of the vaccine that are currently available. Visit www.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov to make an appointment at a state-run vaccination site.