BCSD distributes kits through community schools | Public Service News

BATAVIA – Vehicles parked in the parking lot behind the old Robert Morris school building throughout Monday afternoon as parents arrived to collect the COVID rapid home antigen test kits for their children .

Two of the parents who took the opportunity were Jackie Battaglia and Carl Burton, who each brought home two rapid test kits.

Battaglia said she is collecting testing kits for her two daughters who are in first and fifth grades in the district.

“I can’t say that I know them, but I have already done the tests at home, among those I bought in stores. I guess it’s probably similar, ”she said. Battaglia said the tests she previously used were a three-step process.

“We choose not to vaccinate our children at this point. We’ll see what happens with any kind of change with the district itself, but I’m a big fan of testing to stay, ”she said. “I want my children to stay in school. They need to be surrounded by their other classmates and the social part and just be with their teachers. It was a major change last year when we were closed.

Battaglia said the district explained in an email that if children are exposed to COVID or have symptoms, parents can administer the test at home. She, Monday afternoon, her daughters have not shown any symptoms or been exposed to COVID.

“We have come out unscathed for the moment,” she said.

Burton said he came to Robert Morris to collect kits for his sons, Andrew, a freshman, and Jeffrey, a seventh grader.

“It’s just about making sure they’re healthy… It’ll save us a trip to the doctor’s office if they miss a moment out of school and make it easier,” he said. . They have both been healthy so far, he said.

“We haven’t used one at home yet,” Burton said of the testing, which includes two in a box. He said he thought the home tests were worth it.

The district had around 2,000 COVID-19 test kits as of Monday afternoon – one for each student, Superintendent Jason Smith said. One COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test kit is available per student.

“Your child should be tested if they’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is sick with any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache, muscle aches , loss of taste / smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, ”the district said in the message it sent to parents that morning. Those without transportation could call 585-343-2480, ext. 1004 and leave a message with their contact details.

Go online at https://www.bataviacsd.org/article/617530 for more information.

Smith said the state donated them to BOCES across New York State. Genesee Valley BOCES coordinated the pickup, which was done well, he added.

“We asked parents to sign up and we kept track,” he said of the cast.

Smith said it was the parents’ choice whether or not to benefit from the distribution of the test kit.

“We want to make sure that when the students get to school obviously they’re not positive, so that gives families a tool to test students at home,” he said. “There is an obligation for them, instructions to inform the health service if they are positive, but it is another mechanism to keep children positive for COVID at home and to get better and decrease the number of quarantines here. at school.

Genesee Valley BOCES said on Monday that kits were also being distributed on Monday at the BOCES campus on State Street.

“Genesee Valley BOCES received 21,491 COVID-19 rapid test kits last weekend. Each kit contains two tests. Each district determines the best course of action for distribution / use, ”said Kevin MacDonald, BOCES District Superintendent of Genesee Valley.

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