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After a week of virtual learning, City School District of New Rochelle schools are buzzing with activity again as students, faculty, and staff return to in-person education.

The switch from in-person learning was necessary to protect our community during the post-holiday spike in COVID cases. It also gave our school district time to develop additional COVID safety programs to help keep school buildings open for in-person learning that’s so crucial to students’ development.

The school district will launch its Test-to-Stay Program, one of two key safeguards for health and to keep schools open. Under the program, unvaccinated students and employees who have had direct contact at school with a person who is positive for COVID-19 takes a rapid-result COVID test administered by trained personnel. If negative, the student or employee will be permitted to remain in school while asymptomatic. The program is outlined in a letter last week from Superintendent Jonathan Raymond. 

The school district also refined its Saliva-Testing Program with an easier way to register online. To protect public health, it is imperative that we vastly increase participation in this testing program. Please do your part by signing up as soon as possible. Parents/guardians can visit this link to complete consent and authorization. Students also can pick up printed consent and authorization forms when school buildings reopen next week. 

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