In an effort to keep students in school learning and staff in school teaching, the USD 428 Board of Education has approved a Modified Quarantine - Test to Stay procedure and protocol for those exposed to a positive Covid-19 case. USD 428 continues to monitor the health of our school community, inform parents and families, and now, provide an alternative to a 10-day quarantine at home.
The testing strategy is intended to support safe, in-person learning and activities while providing another layer of protection for students, teachers, and staff. USD 428 Great Bend schools are not required to conduct COVID-19 testing but are offering it as a free service for our school community.
In the event that a staff member or student is identified as a close contact of a positive case of COVID-19 (exposure within 3’ for a cumulative 10 minutes within 24 hours), the Modified Quarantine - Test to Stay option will soon be available as a modified quarantine. This is an alternative to the 10-day, at-home, quarantine.
Who can “Test to Stay” and when?
Classroom/School Activity Contacts - If a student is determined to be a close contact (within 3’ of a positive case for a cumulative 10 minutes within 24 hours) they can return to school under the Test to Stay Modified Quarantine as an alternative to a 10-day at home quarantine.
Household Contacts - When there is a positive case within a household, students will remain at home for the 10 days of isolation for the positive case. On day 11, if no symptoms are present, the student can return to school under the Test to Stay protocol.
USD 428 Test to Stay Program Overview:
Full Test to Stay Process and Protocol - Click Here
Type of Test: Abbot BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test
A student will only be tested for COVID-19 with documentation of consent from the student’s parent or legal guardian.
A parent, or legal guardian, is allowed to accompany students through the daily testing process at the student's school.
Daily testing will be administered at the student’s school from 7am - 8am, and conducted for 7 school days from the date of exposure.
Students will be required to wear a mask while at school during testing days.
Designated staff (school nurses, nurse aides, or other identified staff) will be trained to administer the rapid test to staff and students who fit the Test to Stay criteria. All supplies and staffing will be provided at the school sites with protocols below being administered as effectively and efficiently as possible. Only USD 428 administered tests will be recognized in the Test to Stay program.
All results will be reported to KDHE through the LabXchange Program.