We got in writing that COVID-19 testing for students is not mandatory. Results of what is not random testing can't be taken to show that COVID-19 is not widespread in schools.
I copied below part of the letter announcing that COVID-19 testing is coming this week to the middle school my daughter attends. The letter confirms that the testing is voluntary and not random for the small percentage of students who show up for in-person learning. (2.57% NYC positivity rate so buildings are open for the few who attend for another day at least on Monday.) My daughter is all remote by the way.
DATE______November 13, 2020
As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the next week. Please note that only New York City public school students from grades 1-12 are eligible to be tested.
Only students and school-based staff members with signed and submitted consent forms are eligible to be tested (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). Your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.