Surveillance Testing Program

Overview and Purpose

In February 2021 the District began a COVID-19 surveillance testing program. The goal of surveillance testing is to establish a baseline positivity rate among our students and staff and then continue to monitor these results along with other data to determine whether the virus is spreading in our schools. This program was launched to coincide with the start of high-risk athletics and the return of additional students to classrooms. 

Under this program, the District seeks to test approximately 20% of our school population each month, or about 5% every week. To ensure that we have a broad and random sample of students being tested each week, It is our expectation that all students will participate in this program.

Testing Details

  • The District uses the BinaxNow COVID-19 Rapid Tests provided by the state. This is a minimally invasive nasal swab test. Please view this video of Dr. Champ being tested so you can see how the test is performed. 

  • School nurses will perform the tests

  • If the result is negative, families will be informed via email at the end of the day. If the result is positive, families will receive a call from your school nurse or Julia Chung, the District’s COVID-19 Coordinator.

  • The District will share aggregate results on the District website, but individual test results will be kept confidential. 

Surveillance Testing Results By Week vs. Westchester County Positivity Rate

Staff/Teacher Vaccinations

A bar graph showing the percentage of teachers & staff who have received at least 1 shot of vaccine

Data is collected is based on a voluntary weekly survey. 

April 5-11

# Tested # Positive Positivity Rate
88 1 1.1%

 

Total positive cases including external results: 2

School Surveillance Testing Results

March 29-April 4

No surveillance testing due to spring break. 

March 22-28

School Surveillance Testing Results

# Tested # Positive Positivity Rate
164 0 0%

 

Total positive cases including external results: 3

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March 15-21

School Surveillance Testing Results

# Tested # Positive Positivity Rate
145 0 0%

 

Total positive cases including external results: 4

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March 8-14, 2021

School Surveillance Testing Results

# Tested # Positive Positivity Rate
63 0 0%

 

Total positive cases including external results: 7

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March 1-7, 2021

School Surveillance Testing Results

# Tested # Positive Positivity Rate
72 0 0%

 

 

Total positive cases including external results: 8

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February 22-28, 2021

School Surveillance Testing Results

# Tested # Positive Positivity Rate
110 1 .9%

 

Total positive cases including external results: 8