New "Test to Stay" Option Keeps Students in School
New “Test to Stay” Option Keeps Students in School
We all remember how frustrated we were last year when students were required to quarantine from school because they were a close contact with a confirmed or suspected Covid-19 case. Or, when a student and all their siblings had to leave school because one student in the family had symptoms or was home sick and then had to quarantine or test before returning to school.
The updated CDC regulations have provided a “Test to Stay” option that would allow schools to administer the Binax rapid test to allow students to stay in school. The Binax rapid test is a lower nasal swab, not the original brain tickler upper nasal swab that made us nauseous and made our eyes water.
For symptomatic students, a negative result on the Binax test would allow students to go home for their illness and not have to retest before coming back and allow their siblings to stay in school.
For close contacts, students could test on day 1, 3, 5, and 7 following a potential exposure and stay in school as long as their tests continue to come up negative.
The tests are free and are supplied through the Livingston County Health Department. The Health Department has trained school district personnel to administer the test and how to report the results.
In order to participate in this program, a parent has to opt in – in other words you have to sign a permission/consent form for your student(s) to be tested. This means participating in the testing program is optional.
We will have consent forms available during open house as well as sending consent forms home the first day of school. If you have any additional questions, please call the district office at (815) 253-6299