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District also implements test-to-return program for those exposed to COVID-19 outside of school

PHOTO BY JOHN CAMERON ON UNSPLASH - Citing low COVID-19 transmissibility in schools, the Gresham-Barlow School District has adopted a test-to-stay and test-to-return program that started Monday, Jan. 3.Citing low COVID-19 transmissibility in schools, the Gresham-Barlow School District has adopted a test-to-stay and test-to-return program that started Monday, Jan. 3.

The program will allow unvaccinated students, with parent's permission on file, who are exposed to COVID-19 during the school day to continue to attend school.

Exposed unvaccinated students will test twice at school within a seven day period following the last contact with the positive case. The first test will happen immediately after being identified as a close contact. The second test will happen from five to seven days after last exposure/contact with a positive case.

Students who have negative test results and do not have COVID-19 symptoms can stay at school, but they will need to wear a mask during extracurricular activities and will need to quarantine outside of school.

In order to participate, a testing consent form must be filled out and turned into the student's school. Parents must agree to follow the test-to-stay program requirements, including quarantining outside of school and wearing a mask when participating in extracurricular activities.

The test-to-stay is not an option for students exposed during athletics or extracurricular activities, or those who are exposed at home or in the community at large.

The test-to-return program allows unvaccinated students who are exposed to a COVID-19 case outside of the school day (e.g. school sports practice, after-school extracurricular activity, community event, own household), or don't have a test-to-stay consent form on file if exposed at school to reduce their quarantine time from 10 days to 7 days.

In order to receive a shorter quarantine, the student must remain symptom-free during each of the seven days since last contact with a positive case. The student must also test negative for COVID-19 on days five, six or seven of the quarantine. The student may return to school after the seventh day of quarantine if they have shown a negative test and remained symptom free during their quarantine.

Fully vaccinated students exposed to COVID-19 do not have to quarantine as long as they remain free of symptoms.


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