Screening Testing Program
Dear Morristown Central School Community,
The start of the school year is upon us! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, St. Lawrence County and its schools are committed to a safe return to in-person learning for students, teachers, and staff.
This can only be achieved if the County, public and private school systems, parents, and students work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools and keep one another safe. This is especially important given the rise of the highly-contagious Delta variant.
As part of this effort, Morristown Central School is pleased to announce that we, along with schools across St. Lawrence County, will be partnering with St. Lawrence County Department of Health’s testing partner Quadrant Biosciences, to offer the County’s FREE COVID-19 screening testing program.
The program relies on two testing strategies:
- Voluntary weekly testing of students or staff
- Mandatory weekly testing of all unvaccinated school employees
This method will allow early detection of COVID-19 in pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic individuals. Early detection means we can better stop the virus from spreading in schools. Preventing school outbreaks is key to ensuring our schools stay open to provide the education and support our children need.
All students, teachers, and staff (vaccinated AND unvaccinated) are able to participate in this free, school-based COVID-19 screening testing program. Unvaccinated school employees are required by the NYS Department of Health to test weekly. The program will use non-invasive, self-collected saliva samples that are appropriate and painless for all ages. Samples will be processed using accurate and reliable PCR analysis—the gold standard of COVID-19 testing— to identify positive cases.
Please read and complete the linked consent forms (found here) for each student in your household that you would like COVID tested each week. In order to participate in testing during the first weeks of school, we encourage you to consent as soon as possible. You can consent at any point for enrollment in the weekly screening testing program. Once you consent, we will be in touch with more details regarding the testing program.
Staci A. Vaughn