While another wave of Covid-19 cases is sweeping the country, officials in the nation’s largest school system, New York City, said they will double testing in schools even for students who do not have symptoms.
New York will also test students who are vaccinated and those who are not, and will also deploy millions of rapid home tests as the city and state face record numbers of daily cases.
Local officials urged all eligible students to get immunized and required staff members to get tested for Covid-19 before classes resume Jan. 3.
In a statement, outgoing New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “If we double Covid-19 testing in schools, get our students vaccinated and send them home with test kits, we can keep everyone healthy and finish this school year in the classroom.”
Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who is scheduled to be sworn in this Saturday, added that the numbers speak for themselves, “Your children are safer in school, and we will keep them that way because of testing, vaccinations and home testing.
Kits will be distributed in classrooms if students test positive for SARS-CoV-2, they will undergo two new tests within seven days.