NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Random COVID-19 testing at New York City Public Schools begins Friday.

Testers will visit district schools every month, selecting students and staff at random. Testing is not mandatory for students.

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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.

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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.

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