Consent for BinaxNOW Testing
We are able to offer in-house diagnostic testing for COVID-19 using a BinaxNOW rapid test. To authorize the test for your child, you must complete an electronic consent form.
Please click here to complete the electronic consent form.
Details regarding the form and test:
In order to address the transmission of COVID-19, the Commissioner of Health for the State of New York has directed P-12 schools to offer diagnostic testing of symptomatic students or asymptomatic students following an exposure to someone with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status or community level of transmission.
What is this form?
The Frewsburg Central School District seeks your consent to conduct a BinaxNOW Rapid Test to determine if your child is positive for COVID-19. Our district, in collaboration with the Chautauqua County Health Department, offers these tests to comply with the Commissioner of Health’s directive and New York State’s efforts to support in-person learning.
What happens if I consent?
Upon consent, your child will receive free diagnostic testing for the COVID-19 virus administered by trained staff and/or one of our testing partners. Your child will not be tested without consent.
What is the test?
Collecting a specimen for testing involves inserting a small swab, similar to a Q-Tip, into the front of the nose.
How will I know if my child tests positive?
Results of the test will be shared with you via telephone fifteen minutes after the test is administered. Any students who tests positive will be sent home and must follow the quarantine and isolation orders of the Chautauqua County Health Department before a return to school. Please contact your child’s primary care provider immediately to review the test results should your child test positive for COVID-19.
Any student who tests negative will be assessed by the nurse and permitted to stay depending on the severity of symptoms or will be permitted to return to school once he/she/they are feeling better and have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
What should I do when I receive my child’s test results?
If your child’s COVID-19 test results are positive, please contact your child’s doctor immediately to review the test results and discuss what you should do next. You must keep your child at home. If your child’s test results are negative, this means that the virus was not detected in your child’s specimen. Note that tests can sometimes produce incorrect negative results (called “false negatives”) in people who have COVID-19. If your child tests negative but has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have concerns about your child’s exposure to COVID-19, you should immediately contact your child’s doctor.
Notification of Information Sharing
Federal and state law allow for some information about your child to be shared with and among your child’s home school district, and other local officials, including, but not limited to the New York State Department of Health, the Chautauqua County Health Department, and the testing partners. This information will be shared only for public health purposes, which may include notifying contacts of your child if they have been exposed to COVID-19, and taking other steps to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in your school community. Information about your child that may be shared with these agencies and service providers conducting COVID-19 testing includes your child’s name and COVID-19 test results, date of birth, parent/guardian name and phone number. Sharing of information about your child will only be done in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and Board of Education Policies.