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New York City Public Schools To Increase COVID Testing, Relax Quarantine Rules – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is ramping up COVID testing at faculties and enjoyable quarantining guidelines.

This comes after the primary college needed to shut for every week as a consequence of a cluster of instances amongst employees.

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Students from Public School 79 in East Harlem have been requested to remain house this week after practically 20 instances have been confirmed. The Department of Education mentioned all the instances occurred inside employees members.

Now, town is upgrading its well being and security measures.

“We will be testing in elementary, middle and high schools. Each school, every week,” Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned throughout his Monday briefing.

The mayor elevated testing protocols from bi-monthly to weekly in all public faculties, efficient subsequent week.


Many East Harlem mother and father advised CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge they agreed the change is important after 19 instances have been confirmed at P.S. 79 on Madison Avenue and East one hundred and twentieth.

“I think everybody should get tested, because it’s not getting better, it’s getting worse,” Harlem resident Gladys Acevedo mentioned.

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“Of course you have to do more testing. Every kid that goes to school, you have to do the test. It’s better,” one other individual added.

Classes at P.S. 79 shall be digital till September 28. The DOE has ensured each scholar has a tool and can obtain grab-and-go meals.

Forty 5 individuals are presently being quarantined. The instances have been linked to an orientation occasion that occurred earlier than lessons began.


To the shock of many, de Blasio additionally introduced he’ll loosen up quarantine protocols, efficient subsequent week.

“When there is a positive test in a classroom, the unvaccinated students in that classroom will not have to quarantine if they are masked and 3-feet distanced,” he mentioned. “That will allow more kids to safely remain in the classroom.”

While some mother and father agreed youngsters ought to spend as a lot time as attainable at school, others who have been already feeling nervous are demanding a digital possibility.

“Nobody really wants their child to be around people that have COVID-19, it’s dangerous,” Javier Maldonado mentioned.

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As for testing, mother and father should signal consent varieties or their youngsters won’t be allowed to get swabbed.

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