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COVID-19 Test & Stay Program Information and Consent Form

COVID-19 Test & Stay Program Information and Consent Form

October 5, 2021

Dear Randolph Public School Families,

Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 school year. In the Randolph Public Schools, keeping our students safe and in school is our top priority. We have learned a great deal over this past year and our current guidance and procedures reflect the most updated recommendations from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

For the 2021-22 school year, we are offering an extra layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our COVID-19 testing program. The main component of the program at this time is the test and stay for students who may have been exposed while in school but are not showing symptoms. The test is a quick, non-invasive nasal swab that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained health provider. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and help keep our students in school.

Students only participate with permission from a parent or guardian. It is important to the district that you are fully informed regarding the process and that we can answer any questions that you might have in advance of asking you to sign the consent form. Below we describe the Test & Stay program, how it will be conducted, and what it is used for.

Test and stay allows students who have had close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 while at school to stay in school if the student is not showing symptoms. Instead of needing to quarantine and miss school, these students will take a daily rapid test while they remain in school as long as they are not symptomatic. Students participate in test and stay for at least five days after they may have been exposed.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate at home for the CDC-recommended ten days since symptoms appeared or ten days after the positive test before returning to school. The student must also be without a fever for 24 hours.

To participate in the program, you must sign the consent form on behalf of your student. There is no charge for participating. If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact your school nurse.  

It is our hope that this testing program will work together to keep our schools safe and our students in school.  Thanks again for your support during this challenging time. We look forward to welcoming your students back to the classroom.

Sincerely,

Thea Stovell
Superintendent of Schools