• BCSD Re-Entry 2020

    COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing


    COVID-19 Testing

    Bedford Central School District is not equipped to conduct testing in the event of a large-scale outbreak.  We have a standing relationship with the Westchester County Department of Health and in the event that testing is required, we will defer to the Westchester County DOH for any required or relevant information.  This information will be disseminated through our communications platform.

    Testing is readily available in our community. Students, staff or visitors requiring COVID-19 testing should contact their health provider, a local urgent care, federally qualified health center or visit the NYSDOH website to locate a nearby testing facility https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/find-test-site-near-you.

    A list of testing sites can also be found on the WCDOH health website (https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus)​ under the testing, results and treatment tab. 

    Students, faculty and staff can also call the NYS COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-364-3065 for assistance locating a testing site.


    Please click here for additional information provided directly by Westchester County Department of Health (https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus).​


    Contact Tracing


    Bedford Central School District will notify the State and County health department immediately upon being informed of any positive COVID-19 diagnostic test result by an individual within school facilities or on school grounds, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors of Bedford Central School District

    To assist the local health department with tracing the transmission of COVID-19, Bedford Central School District has developed and maintained a plan to trace all contacts of exposed individuals in accordance with protocols, training, and tools provided through the New York State Contact Tracing Program.


    BCSD will assist with contact tracing by:

    • Keeping accurate attendance records of students and staff members
    • Ensuring student schedules are up to date
    • Keeping a visitor log that includes date and time​ address and phone number, and​       where in the school they visited
    • Assisting the local health departments in tracing all contacts of the individual in accordance with the protocol, training, and tools provided through the NYS Contact​ Tracing Program
    • Informing local health department of staff member testing positive regardless of county of residence.

    For all contact tracing, the DOH will require the name, address, and phone number as well as the name and phone number of the guardian of a student.


    If/when COVID-19 cases are discovered, in consultation with the local health department, Bedford Central School District will do the following:

    • Close or quarantine locations of potential exposure for 24 hours, if possible
    • Clean and disinfect locations as necessary
    • Provide DOH with information as required

    Confidentiality must be maintained as required by federal and state laws and regulations. 


    Staff should not try to determine who is to be excluded without guidance and direction from the local health department.

    For more information about how COVID-19 containment efforts will be communicated to students, families and staff members, visit the Health and Safety section ​        ​of our reopening plan.


    Please click here for additional information provided directly by Westchester County

    Department of Health (https://health.westchestergov.com/2019-novel-coronavirus).​