COVID-19 test positivity rate drops to 0.15 pct at NYC public schools: mayor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The lastest COVID-19 test positivity rate was 0.15 percent among New York City's public school students, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Monday.

This was a slight dip compared with the Department of Education's (DoE) previous announcement of 0.17 percent COVID-19 test positivity rate registered during the Oct. 9-16 period in 377 schools across the city.

"We're keeping our schools safe from #COVID-19. Our positivity rate is 0.15%. More than 280,000 students are attending school in person so far, the largest of any big city in America," said the mayor.

Mandatory in-school testing is part of the DoE's comprehensive effort to keep school communities healthy and safe, and ensure the school buildings remain open. The public school system of the city consists of some 1.1 million students, making it the largest school district of the United States.

In September, New York became the first big urban district to reopen schools for in-person learning. Roughly half of the city's students have opted for hybrid learning, where they are in the building some days, but not others. The approach has enabled the city to keep class sizes small and create more space between desks.

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