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Mayor: Parents, guardians must fill out COVID-19 testing consent form for in-person learning

As the city's public schools get set to return to in-person classes on Monday, the mayor has a warning for parents who plan on sending their children to class.

News 12 Staff

Dec 3, 2020, 12:38 PM

Updated 1,296 days ago

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As the city's public schools get set to return to in-person classes on Monday, the mayor has a warning for parents who plan on sending their children to class.
Mayor Bill de Blasio is reminding caregivers that if they want their children to go to class, they must fill out the testing consent form.
Students in grades 3-K, Pre-K and kindergarten to fifth grade will be start school on Monday. District 75 special education students return to in-person learning on Thursday, Dec. 10. The mayor has not yet set a date for when middle and high school students will be allowed back.
As for the regulations, schools will continue to follow social distancing standards. That means masks, temperature checks and desks six feet apart.
The mayor has said the city's randomized testing program will be a top priority. Parents are being told to sign those consent forms for weekly COVID-19 testing or their kids will not be allowed in the building. The tests help the Department of Education keep track of coronavirus rates in the buildings.
Mayor de Blasio says he's confident this plan will keep everyone in the school community safe. He also says schools will switch to a five-day a week in-person learning model despite some schools sending out letters to parents saying they cannot do that.
And once again the mayor is stressing that if a student signed up for in-person and does not show up at any point next week, they'll be shifted to full-remote.


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