About 12,000 New York City students are being prevented from attending in-person learning because their parents “failed to sign consent forms for weekly random testing”, Bloomberg reported. The students are part of a larger group of 190,000 pre-school through elementary students who returned to classrooms in December.
“Tens of thousands” of elementary school parents have voluntarily opted out of the random testing in favor of remote learning, Bloomberg concluded.
While about 60,000 pre-school and kindergarten students are exempt from testing, there are still about 130,000 students who are required to participate in random testing, according to the report.
Random testing is conducted on 20% of everyone in each school building, every week. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza are responsible for implementing the standards that went into place after NYC schools had previously shut down.