Fall 2020

Covid Testing Consent Form

Dear Families,

We are so excited to welcome you back into our school building! As we begin this new school year, the health and safety of all students and staff remains our top concern. That’s why many things in our school buildings will look different this year, from face masks to physical distancing in every classroom to disinfecting every school, every night. We are taking all of these steps to ensure that our schools remain safe, our students and staff stay healthy, and that you feel confident sending your children for in-person learning.

Today we are writing to ask for your help with another important element of our health and safety work: testing our students and staff for COVID-19. Keeping school buildings open depends on helping us stay aware of and take immediate action to address COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. That’s why we have partnered with NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the NYC Test & Trace Corps to arrange for testing of NYC DOE students and staff for COVID-19 infection.

Our testing partners will test a randomly selected group of staff and students in schools once per month. The number of children and staff to be tested each month will depend on the size of the school population. In addition to the random monthly testing, we are also working hard to offer in-school testing later this year for students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, or are a confirmed close contact of someone in the school who has tested positive. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Instead of the “long swab” that goes in the back of the nose, this test is a short, small swab (like a Q-Tip) that goes just in the front of the nose. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).

In order for us to administer a COVID-19 test to your child, we need your consent. We strongly encourage you to sign and return the attached consent form as soon as possible.

Monthly testing of randomly selected staff and students is a vital part of our efforts to prevent COVID-19 transmission in our buildings, because it helps identify positive COVID-19 cases when symptoms are not present. As with other health and safety measures we are requiring to keep our staff and students safe, the success of this testing initiative relies on the partnership and cooperation of staff and students.

While consent to testing is not mandatory, providing our testing partners with a sufficient monthly sample size to identify the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical in our ongoing fight against this virus and to ensure we can keep school communities in school buildings for in-person learning. For the safety of our school community, students who do not have consent forms on file may be required to learn remotely if we do not receive forms from enough students in the school.

We want to assure you that if your child is selected for testing but is uncomfortable or unable to be tested, we will not test your child and will work with you to address any concerns so that they can participate in future testing. We are focused on making this a brief, and gentle experience for our students, led by trained testers.

If your child is tested, we will let you know they were tested and when and how you will receive the results, which will typically be provided within 48-72 hours.

September 29, 2020

We know you likely have questions, and we are sharing more information in the attached Frequently Asked Questions document. Please review this with your child.

Testing in schools will begin in October. You can reach out to your school at any time with any questions or concerns.

We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy. Sincerely,

Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc
Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Ted Long, MD, MHS
Executive Director, NYC Test & Trace Corps

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor, New York City Department of Education


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:


What happens to my child if I do not provide consent?

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.

How long is my consent in effect?

Your consent will remain in effect until September 30, 2021. However, you can withdraw consent at any time.

How do I withdraw consent?

Notify your child’s school in writing. Your school will designate a contact to receive these communications.


Will all students be tested?

All district school students participating in blended learning in grades 1-12 may be included in the random sample.

Who will be testing my child?

A trained individual will conduct the test. Testing will be provided by, among others, school nurses, City staff, and our partners: SOMOS, Bio Reference Laboratory, and Fulgent Genetics.

How will the testing work?

Once a month, one of these providers will visit your child’s school with a randomly selected list of students and staff to be tested that day. The testing provider will set up in a designated area in the school. Staff from the school or the testing team will visit the appropriate classroom to retrieve students from that class who have been selected to be tested that day; those students will be escorted to the testing area, tested quickly, and then escorted back to their classroom.

What test will be used? Is it painful?

The test will use a “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) that is inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. We understand that some students may be nervous about testing, but the test is not painful and should not be uncomfortable for your child. The test should take no more than two minutes from start to finish.

Will all tests be done by a trained tester, or can some students self-administer tests?

Some of the test kits can be self-administered. Self-administered means that you can open the kit and follow the directions for inserting a small swab (like a Q-tip) into the front of both nostrils. In schools with these kits, some older students in may be able to self-administer their test if they choose, under the supervision of a testing provider or school staff member.

Are students escorted to the testing area in a group or one-by-one? Will more than one student be waiting in an area to be tested?
Students will be escorted with any members of their class/pod who are also being tested. Social distancing will be maintained at all times. Face coverings will be worn at all times, except for the very short period when a student must remove their covering to allow for collection of the test specimen.

Can parents accompany their children to be tested?

Unfortunately, no. To maintain the classroom pods and reduce the risk of COVID-19 being introduced into the building, parents will not be able to accompany their children during the test. We understand that this may feel scary, particularly for younger children. Our trained staff will ensure the testing is performed swiftly, gently, and in a positive environment for all children.

How long is the testing process expected to take?

The cotton swab is in the nose for five to ten seconds, so the entire process of explaining the test to the child and then swabbing them generally takes only minutes.

How long will my child be out of class?

The testing will not take long. We do not expect any child to be out of class for more than 15-30 minutes total from the time that they are picked up at their classroom until they are escorted back to class.

My child is not comfortable communicating in English. Will interpreters be available to explain the process to students who are multilingual learners? If so, how will this be arranged?
Every testing partner will have policies and procedures for how they provide services to individuals in their preferred language. Please communicate with your principal in advance if you have specific concerns.

What if my child cannot be tested due to their documented disability?

If your child has a documented disability and testing would impair your child’s mental or physical health due to that disability, please contact your school to discuss how to proceed.

If I get my child tested elsewhere, can I share those results and be released from in-school mandatory testing?
No. To have an accurate understanding of each school population, testing for this program must be performed on a single day, in the school building, and by one provider. If your child is tested at an outside location and they test positive you must keep your child home and report that test to your principal. However, no outside test can be counted in the monthly survey.

How often will my child be tested?

Testing will occur at each school once per month. Your child will not be tested more than once per month unless they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or have close contact with someone who is confirmed positive for COVID-19. Some children may be chosen for monthly testing more than once during the school year.

When/how will I know if my child has been chosen for testing?

You will be notified by your school about two days before your school is scheduled to be tested. By consenting, your child may be included in the random sample for the testing day. If your child is tested, you will be notified after school that day.
How can I help prepare my child for the test (especially for younger children)?

You should talk to your child about testing. We encourage you to tell them that the doctors, nurses, and other health professionals at school need to make sure they are healthy, so they are going to do a test for the virus by

rubbing a small cotton swab inside the front part of their nose. Remind your child that it’s okay that the school performs this test and that it’s quick, safe, and gentle.

Are staff being tested?

Yes, we are asking all staff and students in school buildings to participate in the testing program.

When will results be available?

Results will be available within 48-72 hours after the sample is taken.

When will I receive my child’s results?

In most instances, parents/guardians will receive results no more than 48 hours after the specimen arrives at the laboratory. You will be able to log into an online portal to access your child’s results. If your child tests positive, you will also receive a call from the provider who completed the testing.

What happens if my child tests positive?

You should keep your child home from school and contact their physician. Additionally, the Test & Trace Corps will contact your family to provide resources, connections to care if you require support, and to discuss how to keep your child and other household members safe. The school will also be notified to ensure steps are taken to protect other members of the school community. The Test & Trace Corps will provide your family with resources and will monitor your family for symptoms for 10 to 14 days.

Will overall results from testing across a school be shared with the school community?

Yes, but names or any other identifying information of the children or staff who test positive will not be released.

Will the DOE/City ensure that my child’s personal information remains confidential?

Any information related to in-school testing is confidential and protected under the New York City Health Code and other local, state, and federal laws. We will store information securely, and only DOE and city staff will have access to test results by name and other personal information.

Where and how will test results be stored?

Results will be sent to two places: to the State and City Departments of Health, where all communicable disease results are sent; and to the Test & Trace Corps and associated City staff to facilitate closing of classrooms or school buildings and to support contact tracing as necessary to ensure we protect all students, staff, and family members. These entities operate under strict privacy and confidentiality protocols.  Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form - September 27 2020.pdf  Update for Families on COVID-19 Testing - September 29 2020.pdf 


Arrival & Dismissal


  • School begins at 8:30am. For safety reasons, students should not be on the premises prior to that.

  • Keep social distance (6 feet apart) while waiting to enter the building.

  • Students will enter the building at their assigned entrance.

  • Students will be required to wear a mask and sanitize their hands as they enter the building.

  • Students will have their temperatures randomly checked.

  • Students can get a grab-and-go breakfast on the way to their classroom.

  • Students will sanitize again as they enter their classroom.


  • Exit doors will be the same as assigned entrances.

  • Students will sanitize before leaving the classroom.

  • Students will be dismissed and leave the building at 2:00 pm.

  • For safety reasons, parents are encouraged to be on time for pick up.

  • For safety reasons, students who walk home should do so immediately.



PS 316 School Supply List 2020

PS 316 School Supply List 2020

Supplies to send to school for your child:

  • 1 plastic pencil box

  • 2 masks

  • Pencils

  • 2 boxes of crayons (Crayola 24 count)

  • 1 pair of kid scissors

  • 2 erasers

  • 6 glue sticks

  • 4 composition notebooks

  • 4 two-pocket folders

  • 1 travel size hand sanitizer

  • 1 individual pencil sharpener (with a cover for shavings)

  • Lined loose leaf paper for grades 3-5

  • Headphones (for keyboards in music class)

    Supplies to send for your child’s class:

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Hand soap

  • Lysol wipes

  • Baby wipes

    Supplies to keep at home for your child:

  • Pencils

  • Erasers

  • Crayons

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Writing paper (can be in a notebook)

  • Headphones (to use with your device)

  • Kleenex

  •  PS3162020SupplyList.pdf Paper towels

  • Ziploc bags (gallon and sandwich size)

  • Copy paper (white and colored)

  • Post-it notes (for use during reading workshop)

Please mail these items to:
PS 316
Attn: Penny Hacken  750 Classon AveBrooklyn, NY 11238

Back-to-School Summary as of 8/24/20

NYC DOE Information about our Return to School 2020-2021 :


In the fall, all children will be "attending" school!

You can choose to have your child attend school in either a Blended format or in a Remote-Only format. 

Blended format means that your child will attend school in the building two days a week and three days a week on alternating weeks, with Remote Learning at home the other days of the week.

Remote-Only means that your child will "attend" school from home, five days a week, learning remotely online. 

If you want to choose Blended Learning, you don’t need to do anything to indicate that.  Blended is the default decision.

If you choose Remote-Only, you must do two things:

1)  complete the form at this link:  (even if the August 7 deadline has passed)


you can find more information about this option here:



2) Email us directly (KJenkins6@schools.nyc.gov  or  EPratt2@schools.nyc.gov) to let us know that you are choosing Remote-Only Instruction so that we can program your child correctly.

Information about the various programming models that schools are selecting:


PS 316 is choosing Model 1A as our Blended Learning program model:

Please Note:

PS 316 is choosing Model 1A as our Blended Learning program model: 


For PS 316,  

Group A will attend school Tuesday and Thursday, and  

Group B will attend school on Wednesday and Friday,  

with the two groups alternating for Monday attendance. 

The first day of school for students is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 2020.

  • There will be a Zoom Orientation for Pre-Kindergarten Families on  Thursday, August 27,  from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon.
  • There will be a Zoom Orientation for Kindergarten Families on  Thursday, August 27,  from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm.

Please understand that the above information is subject to change!


View the Recording:  Zoom Webinar with Principal Maluf, AUGUST 6, 2020

Many thanks to the PTA for recording and sharing the session.


Guidance on iPad Requests

Families can use the DOE Remote Learning Device request form to notify schools of their technology needs. 

In order to help schools to identify families still in need of devices, the DOE is asking that parents fill out the Remote Learning Device request form by August 31 (though the form will remain open throughout the year for parents to use to notify schools of new device and internet-connectivity needs). The August 31 deadline for families will give schools time to assess the needs of their students.   

Families who have already have DOE iPads should plug in, turn on, and reconnect DOE-loaned devices, as explained on the Getting Started with Your iPad InfoHub page.  

Keep in touch with the PS 316 School Community

(scroll down for Spanish)

Download our School App  onto  your cell phone: from the App Store (iPhone), or from Google Play (Android phone), search for: PS 316 Elijah G. Stroud

PS 316 website:

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PS 316 Facebook:

PS 316 Instagram:

PS 316 Twitter:

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PS 316 PTA email:

PS 316 PTA's Facebook:

PS 316 PTA's website:

PS 316 Family Google Group request to join:



NYC DOE Return-to-School, Fall 2020, Information:



¡Manténgase en contacto con la comunidad escolar de PS 316! : )

PS 316, la escuela
Descargue nuestra aplicación escolar en tu celular:

desde la App Store (iPhone) o desde Google Play (teléfono Android), buscar:

PS 316 Elijah G. Stroud

Sitio web propio de la escuela:


Sitio web del DOE de la escuela:



FaceBook de la escuela



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Information for families who are interested in getting tested for Covid-19 infection and antibodies

Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and Covid-19

Coronavirus is a group of different types of Coronaviruses.  Some Coronaviruses cause the common cold, some cause more serious respiratory illnesses like SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

The newly identified Coronavirus that is now causing a world-wide pandemic is named  SARS-CoV-2.  This is the virus that is causing the respiratory illness called Covid-19.

Testing for Covid-19

There are two basic types of tests for COVID-19 :  Diagno COVID-health-safety-policy.pdf stic and Antibody

Diagnostic Test:  A viral diagnostic test can tell if your body is currently infected with the Coronavirus that causes COVID-19 illness. If your body is infected with the Coronavirus, your diagnostic test will come back positive, even if you do not have any symptoms (if you are asymptomatic).

The FDA has approved two types of tests for diagnosing COVID-19 — molecular and antigen.

Molecular test. This test detects genetic material of the virus using a lab technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR).  A health care worker collects fluid from a nasal or throat swab or from saliva.

Antigen test. This newer COVID-19 test detects certain proteins that are part of the virus, using a nasal or throat swab to get a fluid sample.

Antibody Test: An antibody serology test (a blood test) can show if you were previously exposed to or infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 illness, and, whether your body has created antibodies in an attempt to defend itself. It takes at least 12 days after exposure for your body to make enough antibodies to show up on a test.  We do not yet know if a person with a positive antibody test is protected from getting re-infected with the virus or, if so, how long that protection might last.

Sources:  https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/coronavirus/coronavirus-test-what-you-need-to-know



Covid-19 Testing sites near P.S. 316

The following information was obtained by calling 311: 

Free testing is available at NYC Health and Hospital sites and at CityMD sites.

NYC Health and Hospitals, a city-funded public health care system, provides free Covid-9 testing. 


All New Yorkers should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test, whether or not they have symptoms or are at increased risk. Tests are safe, fast, simple, and free. You should look for a testing site near your home. NYC Health + Hospitals also offers antibody testing at 11 hospitals and select Gotham Health centers.  You will not be asked about immigration status. 

The COVID-19 test is free at these locations and no appointment is necessary. Please remember to bring ID and your insurance card. If you have insurance, NYC Health + Hospitals will bill your insurance plans for the cost of the test, though patients will not be billed for any co-pays. Patients without insurance will be referred to a financial counselor to enroll in an affordable health insurance plan, like MetroPlus, or sign up for NYC Care.

Free, walk-in testing is available at these NYC Health + Hospitals locations.


NYC Health + Hospitals/Coney Island
2601 Ocean Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11235
COVID-19 Testing Offered Here
Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland
100 North Portland Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11205
COVID-19 Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York
2094 Pitkin Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11207
COVID-19 Testing Offered Here
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Ida G. Israel Community Health Center
2925 W 19th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11224
Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Jonathan Williams Houses
333 Roebling Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
COVID-19 Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Antibody Testing Offered Here
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
451 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11203
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Antibody Testing Offered Here
No appointments necessary

NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull
760 Broadway
Brooklyn, New York 11206
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Antibody Testing Offered Here
No appointments necessary

196 Albany
196 Albany Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
No appointments necessary

4002 Fort Hamilton
4002 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11218
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointments necessary

Bay Ridge 5th Ave
8511 & 8515 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointments necessary

Bensonhurst 14th Ave
6315 14th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointments necessary

Brooklyn Army Terminal
140 58th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointments necessary

Maria Lawton Senior Center
400 Hart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointments necessary

Midwood Pre-K
1223 Coney Island Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11230
COVID-19 Testing Offered Here
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointments necessary

Red Hook Recreation Center
155 Bay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
COVID-19 Testing Offered Here
Monday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
No appointments necessary

CityMD, City MD is a private group of mostly urgent-care facilities, that, through CARES Act funding, is providing free Covid-19 testing.

CityMD is currently offering two forms of COVID-19 testing at all locations - the PCR (Nasal Swab) test and the Serum Antibody IgG (Blood Test).
They do not accept appointments. COVID-19 testing is walk-in only at all CityMD locations.

What criteria do I need to meet to receive one of these tests?

COVID-19 symptoms, healthcare worker, first responder, a CityMD Occupational Medicine client;  If your employer requires a negative test to demonstrate you are not actively carrying the virus;  If you had tested positive for COVID-19 and want to see if you are no longer actively carrying the virus;  If you believe you have recently (within past 14 days) have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Allow a minimum of 7 days to receive your results.

Per the CARES Act, CityMD is not collecting copayments for COVID-19 related visits. CityMD does not bill for lab testing and inquiries regarding lab bills should discussed directly with the lab partner.  If you have specific concerns, you may want to call your insurance provider ahead of your visit to confirm they will cover the cost of your CityMD visit and test.

BED-STUY 1243 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 (646) 647-1257

PROSPECT HEIGHTS 288 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 656-1290

PROSPECT PARK SOUTH 874 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226 (718) 571-9372

CROWN HEIGHTS 256 Utica Avenue , Brooklyn, NY 11213 (718) 571-9355

COVID-19 Test (At-Home Kit)

The FDA has approved a few at home COVID-19 diagnostic collection kits. After completing an online screening, if testing is necessary, you will be able to place an order for a home test kit. The kit enables you to collect a nasal swab at home and send it to a certified lab for processing. You will receive secure digital results within days.
Pixel by Labcorp https://www.pixel.labcorp.com/at-home-test-kits/covid-19-test

We’ll bill your insurance for the test. If you don’t have insurance, we’ll handle that, too, through public funding. All we ask is that you use and return the kit you request for testing, since inventory is limited.

Complete a short eligibility survey

Test requests are evaluated and, if appropriate, authorized by an independent physician.

If you are eligible for testing, we can file your insurance or utilize federal funds to cover the cost of this test on your behalf.   Eligibility for the at-home test is determined by criteria such as your symptoms, your exposure, your workplace conditions, your health and age vulnerability conditions, among others.

NYC.Gov website with additional info about where to get tested


The COVID-19 diagnostic test is safe, free, and easy. A nasal swab, oral swab, or saliva sample may be used.   You do NOT need insurance to get a diagnostic test.

Testing Sites identified near zip 11238:

Statcare Urgent & Walk-In Medical Care

Address: 341 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11216
 (917) 310-3371 (917) 924-4347 https://www.statcarewalkin.com/covid-19-testing-in-new-york-coronavirus-cost-test-available-nyc-clinic/

Testing occurs in Tents and Designated Areas only. Follow instructions to help limit exposure.

website indicates you need symptoms to get tested. Call ahead for appt.   They will bill your insurance.

One Medical-Brooklyn (Medgar Evers College) - mobile testing center

Address: 1650 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Phone: (888) 663-6331
One Medical is offering one free month of membership for COVID-19 assessment and testing. Go to onemedical.com and use promo code NYCCARES30 of call 1-888-663-6331\n\n\n


Crown Heights ACPNY

Address: 546 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: (866) 749-2660

Before someone receives a diagnostic or antibody test, they must first complete a clinical screening (virtual or telephonic visit) with an ACPNY provider. Please call 866-749-2660 to schedule this initial appointment.

Northwell GoHealth Urgent Care Center - Park Slope

Address: 365 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Phone: (347) 871-9485

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, on-site providers will evaluate you and perform test in the center. Evaluation may be completed in a virtual visit.

Be safe, and wash your hands, and wear a mask around others!