Testers will visit district schools every month, selecting students and staff at random. Testing is not mandatory for students.READ MORE: Long Island Mother, Son Deliver Goodie Bags To Elderly To Spread Kindness During Pandemic
The Department of Education says the tests will not involve long swabs that go to the back of the nose. Instead, a smaller swab, like a cotton swab, will be inserted at the front of the nose.READ MORE: NYPD Defends Use Of No-Knock Warrants After Criticism Of Recent Incidents
Students are not automatically eligible for the random tests:
- Parents must give consent beforehand.
- Parents will be notified if their child was selected to be tested.
Test results will be available between 48 and 72 hours later.MORE NEWS: Momentum Builds Among Lawmakers To Repeal SALT Cap
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