As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in the community, we want to do everything we can to avoid unnecessary learning disruptions for our students. We are partnering with Pearl Diagnostic Laboratory to provide a Test to Stay option. Under this program, students and staff who are quarantined because of exposure to COVID-19 will have the option to take a rapid antigen test each morning to potentially eliminate the need to quarantine. If a student tests negative, the student will be able to attend school that day. If a student tests positive, the student will have to begin isolation procedures as outlined by the Kentucky Department of Public Health guidance. These tests will be free of charge.
The first testing site will open on Wednesday, September 8, 6:00 - 9:30 a.m, at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center. Testing site(s) will be open every day that school is in session. On teacher work days, test to stay will be open 6:00-8:00 a.m. for any student of staff in quarantine who wishes to test. Test to stay will not be open during fall break, October 18-22. Anyone needing to test during that week in order to participate in school athletics or extracurriculars will need to be tested elsewhere.
We hope to add additional testing sites over time. These testing sites will not be open to the public. They are only for OCS students and staff who are quarantined. The 10-minute rapid antigen test is a non-invasive lower nasal swab. Once the swab is complete, you will wait on-site for the results.
How will this work? Once you are notified of a quarantine, you will need to print and fill out two forms from our website to take with you on your first day of testing. If you are a staff member, you will also need to bring your staff ID to the testing site. You need to bring the filled out Consent Form and Daily Requisition Form on the first day of your testing. Each subsequent day you test, you only need to bring the filled out Daily Requisition Form.
These forms are available on the District website’s FORMS page under heading, “COVID Testing” and at the following links:
When you arrive at the testing center, please park in the designated area and then follow the signs to enter the testing site. An examiner will take your temperature, perform a symptoms check, and then register you. Once you are registered and turn in your paperwork, you will get your lower nasal swab and then wait 10 to 15 minutes for your results. If your test comes back negative, you will be given a form marking you negative for that day which needs to be shown to your school upon return. You will follow this process every school day of your quarantine period (5 to 7 days).
These tests are voluntary. You still have the option to quarantine, test on day five of quarantine and return to school after day seven if the test comes back negative. Or you may choose not to test at all and complete the entire quarantine period.
Test to Stay has backing from the Oldham County Health Department. Our data shows that only 2% of students who are quarantined from exposure at school end up COVID-19 positive. With this in mind, our goal is to reduce quarantine time for staff and students so they will have access to as much in-person instruction as possible. Again, Test to Stay is not mandatory, but it is an approved way to continue participating in in-person classes instead of quarantine. Thank you for your support in helping keep Oldham County Schools students healthy and in class during this challenging time.