vaccine

Nov
01

Just 35% of eligible NYC students have consented to coronavirus testing so far

The effectiveness of New York City’s school-based COVID testing program came under scrutiny on Wednesday when education department officials for the first time disclosed the number of students who consented to participate: just over a third of those who are eligible. In total, 192,705 students have submitted consent for the random testing program, First Deputy […]

By John Russo | news
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Sep
24

NYC teachers union calls for weekly covid testing for some students as first school closes with at least 16 positive staff cases

From Chalkbeat: New York City’s teachers union called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to ramp up the frequency of random coronavirus testing in schools for students under 12, just one day after the city’s first school closure of the year due to widespread virus transmission among staff. The city should test 10% of students under […]

By John Russo | news
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Sep
07

COVID makes school lunch complicated in NYC

From Chalkbeat: Bronx mom Grisel Cardona is hopeful that her daughter’s fourth-grade class will be able to eat on the playground this year as often as possible, even if it means sitting picnic-style on the ground. She’s worried about students socializing together during a time of day that they can’t wear masks and hopes that […]

By John Russo | news
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Sep
07

NYC teachers union, city at impasse over vaccine mandate for medical and religious exemptions

From Chalkbeat: Negotiations have stalled between New York City’s teachers union and City Hall over a vaccination mandate for school staffers, pushing union leaders to file a formal complaint with the state. The city has refused to pay teachers who have a legitimate medical or religious reason not to take the shot, according to the […]

By John Russo | news
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Apr
15

Vaccine trials in teens yield promising results. What will that mean for NYC schools in the fall?

On the COVID and Schools front, Chalkbeat has this: Encouraging news from COVID-19 vaccine trials in adolescents could help pave the way for “really big and important” changes in schools this fall, one of the city’s top doctors said Wednesday. “To be quite frank, I literally almost dropped my phone when I saw how impressive […]

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