ISD students in grades K-12 along with teachers and staff considered close contacts of an individual testing positive for COVID-19 may continue to attend school and participate in extracurricular activities if all Test-to-Stay criteria are met. 

  • Exposed individuals will remain out of school/work until the first negative test result is received by their school nurse.
  • Exposed individual adheres to the following testing schedule:
    • Receive a minimum of three rapid antigen tests (e.g. BinaxNOW) within the first seven days of the quarantine period.
    • The exposed individual must take a rapid antigen test within 24 hours of being identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case.
    • The exposed individual must take a minimum of two additional rapid antigen tests, preferably on non-consecutive school days within the first seven days of the quarantine period with the final test taken on the seventh day.
    • For example, if an individual is identified as a close contact on day two of the quarantine period (Wednesday), the individual must test on day two (Wednesday, day four (Friday), and day seven (Monday).
    • If exposure was determined after day seven of the quarantine period, one rapid antigen test is required prior to returning to school/work.
  • Upon being identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case and opting to adhere to Test-to-Stay criteria, the exposed individual will be provided with specific testing dates.
  • Failure to comply with the testing schedule will result in quarantine for the remainder of the 14 day quarantine period. At-home rapid tests will not be accepted for the Test-to-Stay. The ISD has free COVID-19 testing available with limited scheduled time slots. Contact your school nurse to schedule an appointment. If there are no appointments available, or if the test is needed outside of school hours, please use these resources:

https://www.jacohd.org/events

https://www.childrensmercy.org/health-and-safety-resources/information-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-testing-at-childrens-mercy/

https://preparemetrokc.org/events/category/covid-testing/list/

  • Exposed individuals must wear a mask consistently and correctly in school at all times during their quarantine period (14 days past the last day of exposure to the positive case) other than when eating or drinking.
  • If the exposed individual develops symptoms of COVID-19 during the quarantine period (14 days past the last day of exposure to the positive case,) the exposed individual will be isolated from school for 10 days from the onset of symptoms.

Test-to-Stay eligibility will be determined by the school district based on the type of exposure. Individuals exposed to COVID-19 in their household are not eligible for the Test-to-Stay option. Household members of students/staff opting to participate in Test-to-Stay do not need to isolate while the student/staff member is awaiting test results. The District may revoke the Test-to-Stay option based on case volume at any particular school. 

Test-to-Stay and Extracurricular Activities

For participation in extracurricular activities, daily testing during the 14-day quarantine period of the exposed individual is recommended. At a minimum, a rapid antigen test is to be taken 24-36 hours prior to participation in MSHSAA-sponsored athletics and/or extracurricular activities scheduled within the 14-day quarantine period of the exposed individual.

Active monitoring for symptoms of individuals participating in Test-to-Stay is conducted by the school throughout the duration of the 14-day quarantine period. Individuals should self-isolate at home if symptoms develop. The ISD has free COVID-19 testing available, with limited scheduled time slots. Contact your school nurse to schedule an appointment. If there are no appointments available, or if the test is needed outside of school hours, please use this resource:

https://www.jacohd.org/events

https://www.childrensmercy.org/health-and-safety-resources/information-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-testing-at-childrens-mercy/

https://preparemetrokc.org/events/category/covid-testing/list/