Test to Stay Program

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    What is the Test to Stay Program?

    • The Test to Stay Program is available to unvaccinated students who are close contact exposures but are negative for COVID-19. Participating students will take tests at school twice during their 7-day quarantine period. Tests are administered by a district nurse or health assistant. Exposed students participating in this program may continue to attend school if symptom-free and if they test negative through the Test to Stay Program. Students must schedule an appointment using the online link found below.

      Students can participate in the Test to Stay Program even in the following circumstances if universal masking was in place:

      • If the student is exposed at lunch.
      • If the student is exposed on the school bus traveling to and from school.

      Students are not eligible to participate in the Test to Stay Program and instead must utilize 7-day quarantine under the following circumstances:

      • If a student is exposed to COVID-19 while outside of the school setting.
      • If a student is exposed on the school bus during a co-curricular activity. This is because masking is optional in co-curricular activity settings and the risk of transmission within the cohort is greater.
      • If a student is exposed during participation a co-curricular activity.

      Testing for the Test to Stay Program must occur using the Abbott BinaxNOW resources through the school district. 

      Testing will occur at the West Linn-Wilsonville Administration Building; 22210 SW Stafford Road, Tualatin, OR 97062. Your student's school will provide instructions for scheduling a testing appointment. 

      How Does the Test to Stay Program Work?

      The Test to Stay Program requires that a participating student be tested twice during the 5 days following exposure to COVID-19. The first test takes as soon as the exposure has been identified with a second test occurring between 3-5 days following the exposure. Assuming tests are negative and the student is symptom-free, they can continue attending school in-person. Students in the test-to-stay program are expected to maintain quarantine outside of the classroom setting. Students may continue to participate in co-curricular school activities but must wear a face covering at all times during their 5-day period. Students must have a consent form on file to participate in the program. 

      Schedule a Test to Stay Test Appointment

      Download Test to Stay Consent Form

Test to Stay Frequently Asked Questions

  • How effective are the BinaxNOW tests at detecting COVID-19 in persons without symptoms?

  • Can a student take a test at a community testing site and be allowed to continue to come to school?

  • What is the optimal timing for the first test?

  • If a student is exposed during a co-curricular activity, are they eligible to participate?

  • If a student is exposed on the school bus during an extracurricular activity, are they eligible to participate?

  • If a student is exposed on the school bus traveling between home and school, are they eligible to participate?

  • If a student is exposed at lunch and isn't wearing a mask, are they eligible to participate?

  • What if a student doesn't have consent on file for testing or refuses to take a test?

  • What is the purpose of test to stay?

  • Should fully vaccinated students participate in this program?