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Should Students Be Tested Before Returning To School?

BY MORGAN MCKAY ALBANY COUNTY

This week, Governor Andrew Cuomo will make a decision on whether schools will be allowed to open next month.

Many are still questioning the logistics, such as how often students should be tested.

“We are not recommending that every student gets tested to return to school, only when they have physical symptoms,” State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said in addressing Senate lawmakers during a roundtable discussion on schools reopening.

Although students, faculty, and staff must be screened daily, lawmakers questioned the safety of not testing asymptomatic students.

“Students who do present any sort of a symptom related to COVID-19 are going to be asked to be quarantined at the school,” Jill Dunkel, Director of Nutrition at NYS Department of Health said. “Then see their health care provider to ensure that they are not symptomatic and they don’t need to be tested for COVID-19.”

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