Oregon to implement ‘test-to-stay’ program in K-12 schools

Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting will take two tests: the first “soon after exposure” will usually occur at school. The student will test again five to seven days after the initial test.
By: | November 24, 2021

For weeks now, Oregon education officials have wanted schools to have “test-to-stay,” a program that keeps students in class when they’ve tested negative for COVID-19.

But those officials said supply chain issues made implementing such a program difficult. Until now.

“We know the critical importance that school attendance has on student success,” said Oregon Department of Education director Colt Gill in a statement.

The program will work like this: students who have been exposed to COVID-19 in a school setting will take two tests: the first “soon after exposure” will usually occur at school. The student will test again five to seven days after the initial test.

Read more from Oregon Public Broadcasting.