The BOE also approved district participation in the ABC Science Collaborative/Duke University Health System study, “Test to Stay in School: COVID-19 Testing Following Exposure in K-12 School Communities.”
Participation in this parent choice research program will enable students and staff to remain in school after having close contact with a positive COVID-19 case, provided they are tested for COVID-19 at pre-specified intervals, have no symptoms, continue proper masking at school, and tests remain negative.
“With the optional choice for our parents to participate in this "Test to Stay" study, we have another opportunity to change our quarantine practices, even with optional masking. This will enable us to keep more students and staff in school during a close exposure," explains Dr. Matt Stover, Superintendent. "With parent consent, the child can immediately take a Covid-19 test and remain at school by following the study protocols.”
"Throughout this school year, one of our largest challenges has been keeping students and staff in school and balancing parent choice and safety protocols given to us by NCDHHS," Stover notes. "The “Test-to-Stay” program will provide our school community with a great opportunity to have a win for all stakeholders.”
Parental consent to participate is mandatory. If the parent chooses for the student to not participate in the study, he/she will proceed with the normal quarantine.
The district plans to launch the study on Friday, December 10. Look for more information coming soon!