Testing as an Alternative to Quarantining: Key Considerations and Best Practices for Implementing Test to Stay   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "As schools reopened for in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 academic year, students, families, and teachers expressed concerns about the effectiveness of Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] safety protocols and the burden of quarantines. In 2021, states reported lower in-person student attendance compared to previous years, with students missing in-person days due to quarantine after being identified as close contacts of classmates who tested positive for Covid-19. [...] State policymakers and school administrators across the U.S. began piloting programs in 2021 to safely increase in-person instruction time that otherwise would be lost to quarantining students who did not ultimately test positive for Covid-19. Under a 'Test to Stay' program (also called a 'close contact testing program'), certain close contacts [hyperlink] of a person who tests positive for Covid-19 undergo repeated testing after an exposure and can stay in school as long as they continue to test negative. [...] In this issue brief, we provide states considering Test to Stay programs in K-12 schools practical guidance on key technical and health equity strategies to inform planning, design, and implementation efforts."

Duke University. Margolis Center for Health Policy
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