The largest school district in the U.S. is rolling out ambitious and costly plans to test students and staff for the coronavirus, bidding to help keep school buildings open amid a rise in infections among the nation's school-age children. (Oct. 1)
BILL DE BLASIO: Weeks at the war room at the Tweed courthouse headquarters at the department--
We did it, New York City, and everyone should be proud of this moment. This is an example of what makes New York City great. We did something that other cities around this country could only dream of because we have fought back this pandemic so well for so long because we had the will and the focus to bring back our public schools for the good of our kids, our families, and all of New York City. This is a key moment in our rebirth.
It's even better the third time, right, Richard?
This is an absolutely amazing moment, fighting back this pandemic. And this morning, 1,600 New York City public schools open, kids coming to school for the first time since March. And it was a joyous moment.
- Thanks, Mr. Mayor, and as you say, we've been incredibly happy.
BILL DE BLASIO: So now let's get on with moving forward. And one of the things we need to do to move forward is make sure that we have rigorous and consistent testing for the coronavirus in our schools every month. So a reminder to all parents-- please fill out the forms authorizing the tests at the school for your kids on a monthly basis.
- There are seniors in the building. Yay. Oh, look, I can see myself twice. [INAUDIBLE]
- Is that you live?
- Are you excited to be here?
- Finally got to be here in person, [INAUDIBLE] Right? [INAUDIBLE]