Washington Requires Students to Provide Negative COVID-19 Test to Attend Classes

© AP Photo / Andrew HarnikIn this Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, photo social distancing information and health warnings are posted on the window of the main door as a student arrives at Meridien Public Charter School, in Washington.
In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, photo social distancing information and health warnings are posted on the window of the main door as a student arrives at Meridien Public Charter School, in Washington. - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.12.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced on Wednesday that schools in the city will require all students to provide a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend classes in person.
"All students will need to provide proof of a negative test result before returning to school," Bowser said via Tweeter.
The measure is one of several that Bowser has introduced as the coronavirus Omicron variant spreads in the US capital just days are scheduled to open for the 2022 school year.
According to data from the US Census Bureau and Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC has reported the highest rate of coronavirus infection in the United States with an average of 1,192 cases per day over the past week.
US health officials, however, have acknowledged that the Omicron cases are mild and have so far not reported any deaths.
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