Updated DOH Guidance (Letter to Families) 3/14/22 Click Here
For additional information on the Washington State Department of Health Updated Guidance -
Effective 3/12/22 Click Here
Test to Stay Protocol Expands Options to Keep
More Students in School
Updated January 24, 2022
Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools will be participating in the Test to Stay, a modified quarantine option (from the DOH and Adams County Health Department) for students and staff identified as close contacts of COVID-19 cases. This program helps reduce exclusions from in-person instruction, if all required mitigation measures are followed, and uses periodic COVID-19 tests (described below) to keep students and staff in school.
Students and staff eligible for the DOH Test to Stay Program may attend school, school-related extracurricular activities, and school-aged childcare during their quarantine period if they participate in serial testing. This is known as modified quarantine. Students or staff who opt out of testing or who have accommodations that allow them to attend school and not wear a well-fitting mask or face shield with a drape or wrap are not eligible for modified quarantine.
Close contacts who choose not to participate in Test to Stay and choose not to test must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine should last for 10 days after the last close contact. However, if any COVID-19 symptoms develop during the 10 days, the individual should isolate and get tested.
Who is Eligible?
Students and staff who are exposed to COVID-19 and have no symptoms are eligible.
Please see Washington State Department of Health "Decision Tree 2 - Identify and Care for Close Contacts at School" for further guidance. Click Here
- Collection and processing of tests for asymptomatic students during a modified quarantine may occur in schools, healthcare settings, or other locations supervised by school or healthcare personnel.
- Our schools use Binax Rapid Antigen Tests or CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Tests for students. Parents may also choose off-site health care locations for testing. (At-home do-it-yourself test kits are not accepted.)
- Signed consent form from parents/guardians is required for students to receive school-based testing. Parent Consent Form Formulario de consentimiento para la prueba rápida de antígenos de COVID-19
- If your student is eligible for Test to Stay or another response is required, our staff will communicate next steps and provide additional details. ACHD may provide further instructions or required guidance.
For more information about Test to Stay Protocols from DOH, refer to pages 4-6 in the LRCS Back to School Plan located here. PLAN DE VUELTA A LA ESCUELA -Revisado 11/02/2
For more information on the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test Click Here or CareStart COVID-19 Antigen Tests Click Here.