• New Test to Stay Protocol Expands Options to Keep
    More Students in School

    El nuevo protocolo Test to Stay amplía las opciones para mantener a más estudiantes en la escuela

    Lind-Ritzville Cooperative Schools has applied and been approved for Test to Stay, a modified quarantine option (from the DOH and Adams County Health Department) for unvaccinated students identified as K-12 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 in school. Test to Stay is considered when a student is exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 case at school.


    Eligible Students  
    Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 in school and have no symptoms are eligible. Note: This option does not apply to teachers or staff. This option does not apply for students who have been identified as a close contact from a community-related transmission (e.g., household, social activity, or event).

    Test to Stay Protocol  
    Unvaccinated students may continue to attend school in person in a modified quarantine status for 7 days after exposure, if they: 

    • Are tested at least three times during the 7 days of quarantine (goalis day 1,3 & 5 ); AND
    • Continue to remain asymptomatic; AND
    • Continue to wear a mask (students with a mask waiver are ineligible); AND
    • Continue to quarantine from (i.e., not participate in) all extracurricular activities at school, including sports, and other activities outside their home (e.g. scouts,music lessons, etc.) for the entirety of their modified quarantine period. This includes group childcare or youth development programs provided before and after school, which should not be attended during modified quarantine.


    Testing Requirements


    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   

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