Yellow Zone Designation
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, the NYS Governor announced the city of North Tonawanda has been designated a “Yellow Zone” according to his micro-cluster initiative. In this yellow zone, the NTCSD must test 20% of in-person students and staff over a two-week period immediately following the announcement of our "yellow zone" designation. If the results of the testing reveal that the positivity rate among the 20% of those tested is lower than the yellow zone’s current 7-day positivity rate, testing at that school will no longer be required to continue.
To achieve the necessary 20%, the District plans to conduct COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and Friday, Nov. 27 at the Meadow Campus Fine Arts Center from 8AM - 4 PM, by appointment only. Parental consent is required, and forms will be mailed home to all families. You can also print a copy. Please complete the form and return a copy to your child's main office as soon as possible, but no later than Tuesday, Nov. 24. You will be contacted to set up an appointment for your child(ren).
The District has been approved as a Limited Service Laboratory (LPL) and authorized to perform COVID-19 testing. We will be administering BinaxNOW Antigen Tests to meet our 20% that have been provided by the Niagara County DOH. It is a rapid test that provides results in 10-15 minutes. The BinaxNOW test is a test utilizing a nasal swab but it is significantly less invasive. Please watch this short video of Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services Admiral Brett Giroir demonstrating the sample collection to get a better understanding of how the sample is obtained.
The following documents provide additional resources specific to the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card: