COVID testing programs

The Monroe County Department of Public Health has authorized school districts to offer three programs to test students for COVID-19.

Provided below are brief descriptions of each program. If you have any questions, please reach out to Danielle Adam, district medical director, at dadam@spencerportschools.org or Tim O’Connor, director of student services, at toconnor@spencerportschools.org

Dec. 2021:

Monroe County chart on types of COVID-19 testing in schools

MCDPH information about at home testing


Surveillance testing (Screening)


Student wearing mask in the classroom1. School Surveillance (Screening testing) – Antigen testing (started October 2021)

This rapid antigen testing monitors the presence of COVID-19 within a school. Based on parental/guardian consent, the district randomly selects unvaccinated students (and vaccinated students who wish to be tested) every week for the testing. The goal is to screen 5-10 % of students who consent per week.

Click here to view the MCDPH frequently asked questions, which explains more about the at-home tests and associated process.


Return to School testing


2. Return to School – PCR testing

This is a required test for students, who had COVID-19 symptoms but are feeling better, to return to in-person instruction. To be eligible for this testing, unvaccinated and vaccinated students must have parental/guardian consent; be fever-free for the last 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications; and have improving COVID-19 symptoms.

Book an appointment for this testing through the following link:

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/COVIDPCRTestingAppointments@live.spencerportschools.org/bookings/

PCR testing will occur weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at one of our locations listed below. Completed results will be sent to the email provided on the appointment form, and parents/guardians must submit these results to the school nurse in order for the student to be cleared to return the following day.


As always, it is recommended that a student experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms should see a health care provider for an assessment.

PCR testing locations and hours:

Spencerport Transportation Building:
Tuesdays only from 9 am-2 pm

2678 Nichols Street  
Spencerport, NY 14559 
 
Community Programs at Terry Taylor Elementary- Door 12:
Wednesdays from 9 am-3 pm 

399 Ogden Parma Town Line Rd.  
Spencerport, NY 14559

Please note: the district dates and times for PCR testing are only one option for testing. Students may go to any location offering the PCR tests to meet the requirement for return-to-school.

Test to Stay


3. Test to Stay – Antigen Testing (updated January 2022)
Teen with mask
This testing allows asymptomatic unvaccinated students who are identified as a school-based close contact to avoid school exclusion (but not other restrictions of quarantine) by testing negative on three separate rapid antigen tests during a seven-day period following exposure.

School-based close contacts in mandatory quarantine will be permitted to take the bus to school and upon arrival, report directly to the health office. With consent, students will complete a rapid antigen nasal swab test. Students receiving a negative test result will be approved to stay and attend in-person classes. Students receiving a positive test result will require a parent/guardian to pick them up immediately. Parents/guardians will only be notified of COVID-positive results on a rapid antigen test, and will not be contacted with negative test results.

Please note that the New York State Department of Health has clarified that extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs and other events taking place after school, evenings or holidays are not permitted under Test-to-Stay. Students may only attend academic classes during the instructional school day and must remain in quarantine at all other times. This is an update from the original policy announced by MCDPH.


Nov. 30, 2021: The MCDPH provided the attached FAQ to explain more about the TTS program and process.