Prince George’s County Public Schools has begun testing random groups of students for the coronavirus, whether they have been vaccinated or not.

The school system said the testing is part of new guidelines on quarantining and made in concert with guidance from the county health department. Parents and guardians are required to provide consent before the random testing starts, WUSA-TV (Channel 9) reported.

“Each day, we are making the best decisions possible with the best information available to keep our students, staff and families safe,” said PGCPS CEO Monica Goldson, WUSA reported. “We continue to urge all eligible individuals to get vaccinated as the best protection against COVID-19.”

Additionally, the school system announced all student-athletes 12 and older will be mandated to submit proof of vaccination to be able to play sports. Unvaccinated athletes will have to undergo weekly testing beginning Oct. 18, WUSA reported.

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