Coronavirus Information


Testing will be performed using the BinaxNOW testing kits supplied by the NYS Department of Health. Collecting a specimen for testing is minimally intrusive and involves inserting a small swab,  similar to a Q-tip, into the front of the nose, less than one inch into both nostrils.  A description of this non-invasive test can be found at this link.   A demonstration of the test method used is below.

BinaxNOW Fact Sheet

Student Rapid Test Consent Form
Staff Rapid Test Consent Form


NYS Dept of Health - COVID-19 Parent Decision Making

Can my child go to school today?

My child has COVID-19 symptoms.  When can they go back to school?

Please remember 
to continue to screen your children for symptoms daily and complete the weekly questionnaire.  Please keep them home if they are not feeling well.

Erie County Department of Health Rapid Testing

The Erie County Department of Health is currently offering free rapid testing for students and school employees in the county. The number to schedule an appointment is 858-2929. When you call, be prepared to provide the school's address, when asked. 
  • NC Elementary 10469 Bantle Road North Collins NY 14111
  • NC Jr/Sr High 2045 School Street North Collins NY 14111


Attention North Collins Families: Any North Collins student(s) between the ages of 5 –12 have access to a Virtual Learning Support Center of their choice hosted at one of nine partnering child care/youth service provider facilities.  Erie County has been working with local child care organizations, providers, school districts and community organizations to create Virtual Learning Support Centers (VLSCs). These are supervised programs that children can attend on the days that they are designated to complete their school work remotely. Attached is the updated list of providers.  All child care providers are responsible for meeting all CDC, State, and Local Department of Health recommendations for age appropriate social distancing and masking, as well as recommendations for cleaning, disinfecting and adhering to all health guidelines.   

More information can be found on the Parent Guide to Virtual Learning Support Centers and the Erie County Live Well Erie website.

We realize that Virtual Support Learning Centers might not meet the needs of every family or every child. If you are having trouble finding open slots, need a program where your non school-aged children can go as well, or the Virtual Learning Support Center options in your district are just not working out for you please call Child Care Resource Network. Child Care Resource Network has Child Care Navigators standing by who will provide you with a free list of licensed or registered child care programs near your home or work. Call 716-877-6666 ext. 3064 today for a custom list of open child care providers.

Parent Guide to Virtual Learning Support Centers
Virtual Learning Centers
E2CCB Parent Communication 10-26-2020

Parent/Community Updates

January 19, 2021 - Positive Case at Jr.-Sr. High School
January 12, 2021 - Update: Testing Complete
January 11, 2021 - Positive Case at Elementary School
January 8, 2021 - Email from BOCES - Positive Case at North Collins
January 7, 2021 - Testing Update and Postive Case at Elementary School
January 5, 2021 - Remote Learning Survey Second Semester
December 15, 2020 - Rapid Test Consent Information and FAQs
December 9, 2020 - Rapid Test Consent Letter
November 25, 2020 - Remote Learning Update
November 21, 2020 - Willingness to Test Survey
November 18, 2020 - Move to Remote Instruction Notification
November 18, 2020 - Positive Case at Elementary School
November 16, 2020 - Positive Cases at Jr.-Sr. High School
November 13, 2020 - Micro-Cluster Update
November 13, 2020 - Positive Case at Jr.-Sr. High School
November 10, 2020 - Microcluster Strategy
November 9, 2020 - Positive Case at Jr.-Sr. High School
October 29, 2020 - Positive Case at Jr.-Sr. High School
October 15, 2020 - Meal Registration Reminder and Screening Questions Reminder
September 24, 2020 - Updated Screening Questions from DOH
September 17, 2020 - Update from Department of Health
    Erie County DOH Updated GuidanceErie County DOH Guidance Q&A                                
September 11, 2020 - Meal Registration Letter and Instructions
August 13, 2020 - Reopening Meetings and Off Campus Class Form
July 31, 2020 - Reopening Plan

July 24, 2020 - School Calendar and Reopening Plan Development
July 16, 2020 - Summer Guidance and Update for Parents
May 19, 2020 - Class Night/Graduation Plans
May 18, 2020 - Letter to Families
May 16, 2020 - High School Locker Pick Up
May 10, 2020 - Update for Parents
May 4, 2020 - Update for Parents following School Closure for the Remainder of Academic Year
May 2, 2020 - Letter to Families
March 25, 2020 - Childcare for First Responders, Health Care Workers
March 20, 2020 - COVID-19 Instructional Information
March 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Update and Meal Program
March 12, 2020 - School-based Travel Ban, Limits to Gatherings
March 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Update
March 4, 2020 - COVID-19

Information on the Coronavirus

Fact Sheet:  What You Need to Know

Fact Sheet:  What to Do if You Are Sick

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID19

Facts about COVID-19 

Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 

Erie County Department of Health

Useful Links: 

Resources for Families:

NC Local Childcare Locations

Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Helping Homebound Children during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Back to School and Mental Health: A Parent Resource Guide


Updated travel information related to 2019 Novel (New) Coronavirus can be found at:


There are currently no vaccines available to protect against this virus. The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recommends the following ways to minimize the spread of all respiratory viruses, including 2019-nCoV:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  •  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  •  Stay home when you are sick.
  •  Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. If you use a tissue, throw it in the trash.
  •  Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all travel to China.


Information to date suggests that 2019-nCoV causes mild-to-moderate illness and symptoms like the flu, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

This is an emerging, rapidly changing situation. For questions please contact the Erie County department of health or the NYSDOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065.

We encourage you to keep up to date about 2019-nCoV, its treatment and prevention by visiting the following websites.

Additional Resources

CDC’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website

NYSED Coronavirus Information and Guidance for Schools 

NYSDOH’s dedicated 2019-nCoV website

NYSDOH directory of local health departments:

New York State Center for School Health website  

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