COVID-19 Test To Stay Program
Kennewick School District is offering a voluntary COVID-19 Test To Stay program in our schools that requires parent/legal guardian consent for students under the age of 18. The Test To Stay program is for non-symptomatic students who are identified as a close contact of an individual at school or a school-related event who tests positive for COVID-19. Once parent/legal guardian consent is submitted, it is valid for the entire school year.
Previously, non-symptomatic students designated as close contacts were required to quarantine at home. The goal of the program is to allow students who are identified as close contacts to remain in school as long as they are symptom free and test negative for COVID-19.
A close contact is defined by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) as an individual who has spent 15 or more minutes over a 24-hour period within 6 feet of the confirmed case, or within 3 feet in a K-12 indoor classroom setting. Each confirmed case in Kennewick School District is contact traced and families are notified if their student is determined to be a close contact.
The district is partnering with the DOH's Learn To Return (L2R) program, which removes barriers for students to access testing, and has been approved by the Benton-Franklin Health District to follow the Test To Stay protocol.
This testing program, combined with disease prevention strategies, can help our schools detect new cases to prevent outbreaks, reduce the risk of further transmission, and protect students, teachers and other staff from COVID-19.
providing consent for your child to be tested
How To Provide Consent In PowerSchool:
- Login to PowerSchool
- Click on "Forms"
- Click on "2021-22 Consent Form for Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test"
- Fill out the form and submit.
Return the Consent Form To Your School Nurse:
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when an non-symptomatic student is identified as a close contact?
If a student is identified as a close contact and they are non-symptomatic, school personnel will contact the parent/legal guardian to let them know.
- The BianaxNOW COVID-19 Self-Test or the Access Bio CareStart will be provided to the student using a trained observer at the school. Participating students will receive a total of two tests – the first on day one and the second on day five after exposure. If tests are negative for COVID-19, the student may remain in school as long as they do not have symptoms.
- Results are available within 15 minutes.
Who is eligible for the Test To Stay Program?
Students ages 4 and up who are non-symptomatic and designated as close contacts of an individual at school or a school-related event who tests positive for COVID-19 are eligible. Students who have COVID-19 symptoms or have a mask exemption may not participate in this program.
The Test To Stay program only applies to keeping students in school. It does not apply to after-school athletics, activities and before- or after-school childcare. Students in these programs will need to continue to follow close contact quarantine guidelines.
Fully vaccinated students who are non-symptomatic and identified as a close contact may stay in school with or without participating in the Test to Stay program.
Is testing free?
Testing is free. There is no out-of-pocket cost or co-pay for schools or families. DOH covers costs for school-based diagnostic and screening tests and funding continues through July 2022.
What kind of test is being used?
Kennewick School District is using BianaxNOW COVID-19 Self-Test and Access Bio CareStart, which are both self-swab tests. Results are available in 15 minutes.
If I test my child using an at-home/over-the-counter test, will the results be accepted as part of the Test To Stay program?
No. Over-the-counter tests administered at home a will not be accepted by the school district.
Is testing mandatory?
No. The program is voluntary and parent/legal guardian consent is required. Students not participating in the Test To Stay program will be required to follow the regular quarantine guidelines.
When results be available?
Results are available 15 minutes after the test is completed. Parents/legal guardians will be notified by the school of the results.