This email came from my daughter's middle school principal:
Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75 schools) will continue to learn remotely until further notice.
They will be closed at least until the start of the new year according to the mayor.
From the Arthur Goldstein Executive Board Minutes, we learn from Michael Mulgrew's Report that the UFT made the schools safe. Mulgrew goes into great detail about what we did to make schools ready to open without spikes in COVID-19 cases but he doesn't seem to think that most parents not choosing in-person schooling made many schools empty. We are talking about fewer than 20% of the NYC students who will be eligible to return to in-person schooling.
What about the vast majority who will still be remote? Not much of anything from Mulgrew about them in his report.
Mulgrew also stated this on COVID-19 testing in schools:
We asked for testing on weekly basis, Consent form is now required, Of course there may be medical accommodations.
I think there will be lots of exemptions. Here is part of that same email I got today from my daughter's school:
Students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 14 days or test out of the 14-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found here. Staff and students should continue to complete the health questionnaire daily.
Mandatory Weekly Testing: To ensure schools remain a safe and health place to learn, all schools will have 20% of students and staff tested on a weekly basis. Scheduling and logistics for testing will be shared with you prior to your test administration day each week student-covid-19-testing-consent-form.pdf
Student Consent: All students are required to provide consent for testing by December 7 or by their first scheduled in-person learning day. If a student arrives on their first day of in-person without a consent form in hand or submitted online, you must call their parent or guardian that day to collect consent immediately. Guidance to enter consent in ATS will be provided in Tuesday’s Principals Digest.
Families can submit consent using NYCSA or this updated consent form (also attached to this email). Please note that even if parents previously provided consent, we are asking them to submit again to ensure they have the updated consent form for their child that reflects the requirement for weekly testing in your school. Note that the consent form was updated on Wednesday, October 14 to reflect this change.
Students who need a medical exemption (available for all students) or disability-based exemption (available for students with IEPs) will be able to submit separate forms for approval. Principals will receive more information this week for distribution to families by Monday.
Students without consent and who do not have medical exemption or disability-based exemption will be moved to fully remote instruction.