Required COVID test data is missing for elite NYC private schools

COVID-19 test data from several elite schools in New York City are not yet public.

There is no information from Dalton, Nightingale-Bamford, Packer Collegiate or Brooklyn Friends on the State Department of Health COVID-19 Report Card website.

Schools each charge more than $ 50,000 a year in tuition, and their progressive agendas have sometimes been in conflict.

The DOH rules state that “schools and school districts must submit daily reports to
department for all COVID-19 tests and positive test results. This applies to public and private kindergartens, primary, middle and high schools as well as all pre-kindergarten programs identified by
department.”

The website, which went live this week after being “down for maintenance” since school started, shows the number of students and staff at each school and how many positive test results were counted since September 13th.

Many of the city’s elite private schools reported only a handful of positive results, according to the site. But there were 11 positive cases among students at Avenues School in Manhattan and 13, including two employees, at the all-girls Chapin School on the Upper East Side.

There is no information from Dalton, Nightingale-Bamford, Packer Collegiate or Brooklyn Friends on the State Department of Health COVID-19 Report Card website.
There is no information from Dalton, Nightingale-Bamford, Packer Collegiate or Brooklyn Friends on the State Department of Health COVID-19 Report Card website.
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After The Post reached out to Dalton School in Manhattan, a spokesman said “the data has been submitted” but did not say when.

Brett Topel, a spokeswoman for Brooklyn Friends, said the school had technical difficulties reporting results online and that DOH was aware of the problems. Four students tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, he said, the first such results since the school year started and they had been reported to the state.

A spokesman for Nightingale-Bamford in Manhattan also blamed technical problems, saying the school had submitted test results — which showed a student and a teacher positive for COVID-19 — via email to DOH.

COVID-19 test data from several elite schools in New York City are not yet public.
COVID-19 test data from several elite schools in New York City are not yet public.
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A representative of the Packer Collegiate in Brooklyn did not immediately return a request for comment.

“The Department of Health continues to monitor COVID-19 in our schools and communities and will enforce the requirement for schools to report to the state,” said DOH spokeswoman Abigail Barker.

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