Something to consider when comparing the school test positivity rate (which has been low) with the broader NYC test rate:

The school rate only includes tests done in school. If you’re in school to get a test, presumably you show no symptoms — or else you’d have stayed home.
So the school tests should mainly be catching only those cases that are asymptomatic.

Unlike the citywide rate, which would include people going to get a test because they think they might have covid.
The school positivity rate doesn’t include cases where the student or staffer tested positive outside of the DOE testing program — which is how I’d imagine many people with symptoms would discover they were positive, after staying home and visiting a non-school site.
If people are following the rules in schools — stay home if you’re sick, if you have a fever etc — they’re not getting tested by DOE. Could be one part of why the rates are so different.
I will say I think the point of this DOE testing was always to catch asymptomatic spread — again, if you have symptoms, you shouldn’t be in school. And we weren’t sure how common asymptomatic cases in kids were, so there’s good reason to test for it.
Of course anyone with experience in schools will also tell you it’s possible symptomatic people are attending — some parents are sometimes desperate for a place for their child to be and willing to write off illness as a cold. But it’s not a huge population.

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In case you missed it this morning, I asked @UFT President Michael Mulgrew whether he was open to changing the 3% number for opening/closing schools. He says he prefers a more geographic approach:
One point Mulgrew made earlier: he thinks the governor's orange zone method makes more sense because it closes other things in addition to schools. Inside schools, people wear masks, rates are low. Outside, not always the case, and eventually, that could penetrate schools.
Also from earlier in Mulgrew's appearance on MO1:

"When the city brought us the number of 3%, we brought it to our doctors and they said 3%'s ok, but we also put on the table that we thought we should have a borough based approach or a geographic based approach...
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.@NYCMayor says he spent much of the morning talking to the state, which... you wouldn’t know from the governor’s presser
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NEW: As schools face a staffing crunch, @NYCSchools will no longer require that blended learning students be given synchronous (aka live) instruction every day they're remote. Live teaching time will vary by school. Fully remote will still get live teaching daily. More soon.
Schools will no longer be required to offer ANY live instruction on blended students' remote days if they don't have the staff available to do so.
This is a major change in guidance, and in what students will experience, and comes, oh, 12 hours before they're logging on tomorrow.
Shout out to my pal @danrivoli for getting this news on the air for me, because I am currently not camera ready (aka I am in my pajamas because I am on the morning show early tomorrow)
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NEW: Blended learning students will have separate teachers for the days they are in person and the days they are remote, and those teachers will work as a team, per new guidance @NYCSchools has sent to principals.
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"Additional guidance on posting and filling the role is forthcoming."
More on how this is supposed to work:
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"Whatever our schools need, they're going to have. We're going to send them the supplies in bulk before school begins and then re-stock as needed," @NYCMayor says.
(This is without even touching on the fact that schools say outside of safety concerns, they have no clue how they're actually going to have the number of teachers they need to staff classrooms)
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