Parents Concerned Over DOE Plan to Randomly Test Students

Jennifer Calderon says she’s already anxious about sending her three children back to school during the pandemic. So she says a new city policy allowing the Education Department to randomly test all students for cOVID-19 is unacceptable.

What You Need To Know

  • Under the deal to reopen school, teachers and students will be subject to random Covid testing beginning Oct. 1
  • Parents say they don’t object to the testing, but they do object to it being done in school when they’re not present
  • Parental consent is required. Children of parents who do not provide consent will have to learn remotely
  • The Education Department defended the program, saying it must take aggressive safety measures to keep students and staff safe

“You do not touch my kid without me there. That’s it. You do not,” Calderon said.

The DOE announced the policy last week as part of an agreement with the teachers

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