COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff

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 as soon as you receive it from your school.
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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.

Testing Locations

Bronx

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Belvis
545 East 142 Street, Bronx NY 10454
Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Morrisania
1225 Gerard Avenue, Bronx NY 10452
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Jacobi
1400 Pelham Parkway South, Bronx NY 10461
Use the Pelham Parkway entrance. Walk-in testing located in the ambulatory care pavilion on west side of building.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Lincoln
234 East 149th Street, Bronx NY 10451
Use the West entrance on Park Ave. & 149th Street. Walk-in testing located toward the ER, at the end of Corridor A.
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, North Central Bronx
3424 Kossuth Avenue, Bronx NY 10467
Use main entrance on Kossuth Ave. & 210th Street. Walk-in testing located within lobby.
Monday - Sunday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Brooklyn

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Cumberland
100 North Portland Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: East New York
2094 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11207
Monday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Jonathan Williams
333 Roebling Street, Brooklyn NY 11211
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Ida G Israel
2925 West 19th Street, Brooklyn NY 11224
Monday - Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Kings County
451 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11203
Walk-in testing located in C Building.
Monday - Saturday, 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Woodhull
760 Broadway, Brooklyn NY 11206
Use main entrance. Walk-in testing located in 2C125.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Manhattan

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Dyckman
175 Nagle Avenue, Manhattan NY 10034
Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Gouverneur
227 Madison Street, Manhattan NY 10002
Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: St. Nicholas
281 West 127th Street, Manhattan NY 10035
Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Sydenham
264 W 118 Street, Manhattan NY 10026
Monday - Saturday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Sunday, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Bellevue
462 First Avenue, Manhattan NY 10016
Monday - Saturday, 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Harlem
506 Lenox Avenue, Manhattan NY 10037
Use Lenox Avenue entrance. Walk-in testing located in ambulatory annex.
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday - Sunday, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

NYC Health + Hospitals, Metropolitan
1901 First Avenue, Manhattan NY 10029
Use entrance near 97th Street & 2nd Ave. Walk-in testing located in medical screening annex.
Monday - Sunday, 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Queens

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

Staten Island

NYC Health + Hospitals, Gotham Health: Vanderbilt
165 Vanderbilt Ave, Staten Island NY 10304
Monday - Sunday, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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