C-R launches COVID testing program

C-R launches COVID testing program
Posted on 11/17/2021
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As we continue to implement the COVID-19 testing program that is mandated by New York state, we'd like to update you on the significant progress we’ve made -- and thank our staff for their exceptional compliance.

First, as a reminder, New York Governor Kathy Hochul issued a “vaccine-or-test” mandate on Sept. 2  that requires all public-school employees to either provide proof of COVID vaccination or undergo weekly testing. To help our employees meet this state requirement, we have been holding weekly testing clinics that allow staff members to be tested right here on our campuses at no cost. 

We're pleased to report that 99.75 percent of our staff complied with the state mandate. Their cooperation not only helps our district meet this state requirement, but also adds another layer of mitigation to limit the spread of the virus at school.

In accordance with the state mandate and our own Board of Education-adopted safety plan, our testing program is now set to expand to include substitutes, contract employees and students participating in higher-risk activities.

The first testing of students participating in junior varsity and varsity higher-risk winter athletics (volleyball, basketball and wrestling) will take place as soon as next week. If your child participates in a junior varsity or varsity higher-risk winter sport, you will be receiving a separate email later this week that includes:

  • A parental consent form that must be signed before your child can be tested. No student will be tested without parental consent.

  • Instructions on how to register for testing.

  • Additional information about the testing process.

Your continued cooperation with all of the COVID safety protocols required by the state and outlined in our board-adopted plan continue to be sincerely appreciated. If you have any questions about our COVID testing program, please email us at information@crcsd.org.