COVID-19 Testing

School-based Testing

Keeping school buildings open depends upon awareness of and immediate action on any COVID-19 concerns in our buildings. To do this, we need students and staff in our buildings to get tested! That’s why we’re bringing testing directly into schools beginning in October 2020. Our testing partners will come to district schools, every month, and test a randomly selected group of staff and students from grades 1-12. The number of people to be tested will depend on the size of the school.

This testing initiative is organized by our partners at NYC Health + Hospitals, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and the NYC Test & Trace Corps. 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). The whole test will take about two minutes.

  • 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 consent form, below, as soon as you receive it from your school.

  • If you have a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), you can complete the consent form electronically through the web application. If you revoke consent for testing through NYCSA, please notify your child’s school as well.

  • Don't have a New York City Schools Account? Get one today!

Read the letter from Chancellor Carranza about the testing (translations also available).

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.

FAQs About Testing

See the Frequently Asked Questions about the testing program.

Priority Testing Outside of Schools

Testing at 22 Health and Hospital (H+H) testing sites during the 2020-2021 school year is being prioritized for all

  • Department of Education students in 3K through grade 12

  • Department of Education employees,

  • Employees of Department of Education contracted early childhood programs, and affiliated family child care networks

  • Employees of Department of Education- and Department of Youth and Community Development-contracted Learning Bridges programs

The list of DOE-priority testing sites, along with their operating hours, is included below. Please note only the sites listed below offer DOE-priority testing. If you arrive at an H+H site not on this list, you will not receive DOE-priority testing. All of these sites are walk-in only.

All employees should bring an ID and proof of their DOE employment status with them to get tested. Staff at contracted programs should bring an employee verification letter supplied by their program specifically for this purpose. DOE students are not required to bring a student ID or proof of enrollment. Employees and parents of students are also encouraged to bring their insurance card. With or without an insurance card, there is no cost to employees or students to get tested.

Queens Testing Locations

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Woodside 50-53 Newtown Road, Queens NY 11377 Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Elmhurst 79-01 Broadway, Queens NY 11373 Use 41st Avenue entrance. Walk-in testing located directly inside. Monday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Sunday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Queens 82-68 164th Street, Queens NY 11432 Walk-in testing located north of Grand Pavilion on 164th St. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM