Test to Stay - Updated: 12/23/21

Pursuant to authority granted to local health departments by the New York State Department of Health, the Monroe County Department of Public Health has authorized the establishment of a limited Test to Stay option in all public, charter and private Monroe County Pre-K through 12 schools. This recommendation is based on the recognition that masking, social distancing and other protective measures are closely monitored in schools, making community transmission of COVID-19 less likely compared to most other public and private places. MCDPH may revoke this authorization at any time.

WHAT DOES “TEST TO STAY” MEAN?

In Monroe County, Test to Stay is defined as follows: Students who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 and are exposed to COVID-19 may attend in-person classes, even while under mandatory quarantine orders, if: (1) the exposure occurred in the school setting (2) they are symptom free, (3) the school has received consent for the student to undergo 3 days of testing for a defined period and (4) the student tests negative each of the 3 days during the defined period.

IF AN UNVACCINATED STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN TEST TO STAY, IS THE STUDENT NO LONGER SUBJECT TO MANDATORY QUARANTINE?

The student is still subject to mandatory quarantine at all other times. When an unvaccinated student has been exposed to COVID-19, Monroe County will issue a mandatory quarantine order, requiring the student to quarantine for 10 days following the exposure. The student will be allowed to break this quarantine to attend school for classroom instruction and activities during regular school instruction/academic hours, but at all other times, the student must remain in mandatory quarantine until released by Monroe County.

Other than attending in-person classes during regular school instruction/academic hours, the student is not permitted to participate in any activities outside of the home during quarantine, including but not limited to school sanctioned events (sports, clubs, etc.), social events, private lessons, non-school sports, playdates, sleepovers, etc.

DO VACCINATED STUDENTS NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN TEST TO STAY AFTER EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

No, vaccinated students who have no symptoms can continue with in-person learning without daily testing.

HOW OFTEN WILL STUDENTS BE TESTED UNDER TEST TO STAY?

The exposed person is tested a minimum of three times during the seven-day period following exposure, unless recognition of the exposure is delayed or weekends or school breaks intervene. See possible testing regimens below.

The seven-day period is measured in calendar days where the last date of exposure is considered day 0. The first test should be done as soon as possible after exposure is identified (i.e., the first day the student is in school after identified exposure). Therefore, possible testing regimens may include:

Minimum Testing Cadences

Day of First Test

Day of Second Test

Day of Third Test

0

2 or 3

5, 6, or 7

1

3

5, 6, or 7

2

4

5, 6, or 7

3

5, 6 or 7

NA

4

5, 6 or 7

NA

5

6 or 7

NA

6

NA

NA

7

NA

NA

WHAT KIND OF TEST CAN BE USED FOR TEST TO STAY?

A rapid Antigen test is recommended for this purpose, but PCR tests are acceptable as well.