COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Testing

Symptom Screenings

Families and staff should regularly check for symptoms before reporting to school or work each day.

Students and staff experiencing any of the following symptoms should undergo testing for COVID-19. For details see Returning to School/Work below.

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

For more information, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Symptoms of COVID-19 webpage.

COVID-19 Testing and Positive Cases

ICSD School-Based Testing

The ICSD is offering school-based COVID-19 testing during the 2023-24 school year to support the health of our school community by reducing the risk of transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Antigen testing is available for symptomatic students at school who are fever-free (<100°F) without the use of fever-reducing medications, free from diarrhea or vomiting in the last 24 hours, without a known exposure to someone with COVID-19, and well enough to remain in school while wearing a high-quality mask. A negative antigen test result will allow mildly symptomatic students to remain in school while awaiting confirmatory PCR test results or while completing two additional days of antigen testing. School nurses will communicate with caregivers regarding their clinical assessment of the student, options for testing, and masking requirements. COVID-19 tests are provided at no cost and participation is voluntary.

Consent for school-based rapid, point-of-care (antigen) testing can be provided using this online consent form: Caregiver Consent for Symptomatic COVID-19 Testing (Antigen Testing). If you need a paper form, click here.

COVID-19 Antigen Test Kits

The Ithaca City School District will continue to make COVID-19 antigen test kits available for use at home by families and staff, pending supplies provided by New York State. Each kit includes two tests.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which authorizes these tests, has extended the expiration date for several brands of at-home tests. The FDA has a website where it lists all of the authorized at-home test kits. To check if the test you have is still usable, you'll need the lot number on the box.

Click here to find a full list of FDA test expiration extensions.

PCR Testing in Tompkins County

The Cayuga Health Sampling Site at the Shops at Ithaca Mall closed on May 5, 2023. However, PCR (lab confirmed) testing is still available at healthcare provider offices and other locations throughout the county. Visit the Tompkins County Whole Health website for details.

Positive Cases in the School Community

As individuals test positive for COVID-19, whether through PCR or antigen testing, the individual should isolate and follow all protocols outlined by Tompkins County Whole Health.

Returning to School/Work

Please review the protocols linked below for guidance on when students and staff may return to school/work after experiencing symptoms, being exposed to someone with COVID-19, or testing positive:

Frequently Asked Questions