'Test to Stay' Program Aims to Keep Owensboro Students in School

The new 'Test to Stay' program was announced Monday for all schools in Owensboro. This new program aims to keep as many kids and staff inside of the school building.

Posted: Sep 20, 2021 4:50 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2021 7:57 PM

The new 'Test to Stay' program was announced Monday for all schools in Owensboro. This new program aims to keep as many kids and staff inside the school building.

The 'Test to Stay' program is a partnership between local schools and Ethos Lab. In the past, close contacts in maskless situations had to quarantine from school for 7-14 days, regardless of their covid status.

But now, this new testing program will allow close contacts to still come into school each day, receive a rapid covid test, and if the test comes back negative, the student will be allowed to come back to in-person school, instead of having to quarantine at home.

“It’s going to be great that it’s going to keep kids in school," said Jared Revelett of Owensboro Public Schools. "They’ll no longer have to quarantine for 7-10 to 14 days, however long it may be, and never getting sick. That’s one of the things we were seeing. We were quarantining a number of students who never ended up getting sick.”

Students that are deemed a close contact will have to rapid test for five days before coming into school. If they do test positive, students will receive a follow-up PCR test and then have to go home until those results come back.

This program will begin the Monday after fall break, and is free for all students in Owensboro. Revlette told 44News to make sure parents go ahead and visit and register their kids so that they can participate in this test to stay program.

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