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Test to Stay Program
Test to Stay Program
Staunton School District
Monday, August 30, 2021

Staunton CUSD #6 Families:

The school district will be implementing a ‘Test to Stay Program’ to limit the number of students that need to be quarantined should they be considered a close contact.  According to IDPH, for COVID-19, a close contact is defined as any individual who was within 3 feet (masks being worn properly) of a reported case for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic case, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the case is isolated.

For your child to participate in the Test to Stay Program, you MUST complete the consent form linked below.  Please turn in your completed and signed consent form to your child’s respective office as soon as possible if you would like them to participate.  At this time, if your child is fully vaccinated, he/she does NOT need to participate in this program.     

These free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available to symptomatic individuals at school.  The test is called BiNaxNow and is approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) as a quick nasal swab test designed to give our trained health staff results within fifteen (15) minutes.  Our tests will be administered by school staff who have been specially trained.  The testing will occur in a designated area on campus that is secure and isolated.  Students who participate in Test to Stay, will be required to test over the course of a week on days 1, 3, 5, and 7.  Testing will only take place on days of school attendance by trained school staff members and will not occur on a weekend.  If your child tests positive, he/she will be required to follow the Macoupin County Public Health Department’s quarantine protocol and the school will contact you.  If your child tests negative, he/she will remain at school.    

Click HERE for information about BiNaxNow Testing.  

Additional information can be found on the Illinois Department of Health website.

This free COVID-19 testing option would only be used when a student is subject to quarantine because they have been deemed a close contact.

THE POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF THE POC ANTIGEN TEST IN SCHOOLS INCLUDE:

  • Rapid confirmation of suspected COVID-19

  • Helping your child’s healthcare provider make a timely informed decision about your child’s plan of care

  • Assisting for an expedited and safe return to the classroom for students

  • Help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in school and community

TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A TEST AT SCHOOL, PARENTS NEED TO SUBMIT A SIGNED PRE-AUTHORIZED CONSENT FORM TO ALLOW CHILDREN TO BE TESTED IF THEY ARE CONSIDERED A CLOSE CONTACT DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.

Click HERE to complete the consent form.

This form must be printed, completed, and signed.  Please return to your child’s school office. 

If you have any questions or need any assistance completing the Parent/Guardian Authorization and Consent for COVID-19 Testing parent/guardian permission form, please contact your child(ren’s) school.