State Health Department requires mandatory testing of all NY teachers

ALBANY — All unvaccinated teachers and staff working in New York schools will be required to test once a week for COVID-19, according to new guidance approved by the state Department of Health Thursday.

The emergency regulation — signaled earlier this week by Gov. Kathy Hochul as a priority before kids head back for in person learning — permits all fully vaccinated employees to opt out of the mandatory testing if they show proof of their shot status either with a CDC card or the Excelsior Pass. 

The requirement is effective immediately. 

“My top priority is to get children back to school and protect the environment so they can learn, and everyone

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