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NYC Increases Coronavirus Testing In Schools

Children and staff wear masks inside a classroom.
Children and staff wear masks inside a classroom.

New York City is making two key changes to coronavirus related school rules. Right now students are being randomly tested for coronavirus every other week. After calls from the teacher’s union to increase testing, the city is changing the policy to make it every week starting September 27th . Also, unvaccinated students in a classroom will no longer have to quarantine if they are masked and at least three feet away from a student who has tested positive. City health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi.

“Taken together, this allows us to strike a balance of both keeping kids safe while ensuring that kids remain in school when it is safe for them to do so.”

Mayor de Blasio once again says he is not considering requiring the vaccine for eligible students but is urging the FDA to move quickly on signing off on the vaccine for 5 to 11 year olds. He is asking that be done by Halloween.