Test-to-Stay Program Overview

  • The "Test-to-Stay" program allows asymptomatic students and staff who have been identified as close contacts during Covid-19 contact tracing to continue to remain at school if they take rapid Covid-19 tests over the course of the program and continue to test negative. 

    • Prior to the Test-to-Stay program, when a close contact was identified, the district notified the state of a positive case and then was required to quarantine close contacts.
    • The district tracked data from last and this school year and looked at the states that have a Test-to-Stay program and found that when there was a positive case in school, and close contacts have been notified, the students who were asymptomatic did not become positive most of the time, yet they were quarantined. 
    • Under the Test-to-Stay program, students and staff who qualify and choose to participate in the program would be tested on days 1 or 2 of the close contact; days 3 to 4 of the close contact; and days 5 to 7 of the close contact. Students and staff can remain at school/work as long as each test returns a negative result.
    • Participation in the Test-to-Stay program is optional and parent/guardian written permission for students is required.
    • Parents/guardians may also opt to have their child quarantine instead of participating in the program.
    • Unless the student can provide their own transportation (such as RHS student-drivers), a parent/guardian will be responsible for transporting their student(s) to and from school to receive the rapid test at the school
    • Families and students who participate in the Test-to-Stay program will be responsible for assisting district nurses in administering the test to the student(s)

Test-to-Stay Protocols

  • If a staff member or student is confirmed as a COVID-19 close contact, the following steps should be taken: 

    1. Nurse contacts the staff member or student’s parents to inform them that they are a close contact of a positive case. 
    2. Nurse provides information for quarantine period.  
      • Student: Provided that the student is asymptomatic, they can either remain at home and Zoom into the classroom OR consent to testing and enter the “Test to Stay” protocol.  
      • Staff: The staff member can elect to use sick days and produce sub plans or if asymptomatic, enter the “Test to Stay” protocol for staff. 

     If zooming into classroom, the student and teacher follow the established 24-48 hour set up and iPad. 

    • Student: If electing “Test to Stay”, the parents of the student would need to consent to test on days 1, 3, and 5 of the quarantine period, and remain asymptomatic. The parents of the student would need to sign the consent form, create a QR code and report to the nurse on days 1, 3, and 5 at the start of each day. The parents would be required to provide transportation for the entirety of the quarantine process to be present for the results of the test on days 1, 3, and 5, and because 3+ feet of distancing is not possible on buses for those who sit directly next to students. 
    • Staff: If electing “Test to Stay”, the staff member would need to consent to test on days 1, 3, and 5 of the quarantine period, and remain asymptomatic. The staff member would need to create a QR code and report to the nurse on days 1, 3, and 5 at the start of each day.