Unvaccinated and masked students no longer have to quarantine as COVID testing becomes weekly in NYC schools
After just one week of school, New York City will make a significant change to its COVID quarantine and testing policies.
Unvaccinated students who are masked and follow the social distancing guidelines of three feet will no longer have to quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive student, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
The new rule will start on Sept. 27, which is when the vaccine mandate for teachers takes effect.
COVID testing will ramp up to weekly, from bi-weekly, at all elementary, middle and high schools. Still, only 10% of unvaccinated students whose families consent to testing will get swabbed.
“That will allow more kids to safely remain in the classroom,” said de Blasio. “We looked at it in the light of the data from the first week of school, and we decided to make both of these changes.”
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