Test-To-Stay Program Introduction

Test-To-Stay Program Introduction
Posted on 12/08/2021
Estacada School District Families, Starting next week, the Estacada School District will implement the new “Test-to-Stay” protocol announced Nov. 23 by the Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority. District leaders are excited about this opportunity to keep students in school after an in-school exposure and limit learning disruptions, all while minimizing risks of COVID-19 transmission.

Highlights of the Test to Stay Protocol

OHA’s test to stay protocol allows unvaccinated students to continue to participate in in-person instruction in Oregon’s K-12 schools during their quarantine period. The risk of transmission is minimized in school settings because the required testing is combined with several layers of protection including utilizing face coverings, physical distancing, cohorting, and ventilation.

  • Parent consent must be obtained before the district can test a student for COVID. Parents will receive individual notification from the school asking for testing consent following a COVID-19 exposure. 

  • Test to stay is available only for unvaccinated students and staff who have had an on-campus exposure. Outside of school exposures will not be eligible for this program.

  • Test to stay requires unvaccinated individuals to be tested twice during the 7 days following exposure. First, as soon as the exposure has been identified, then with a second test occurring between days 5-7 following the exposure.

  • Test to stay is a form of modified quarantine, which allows students to attend school during their quarantine period. However, individuals participating in test to stay are expected to maintain quarantine outside of classroom settings. 

  • Students participating in test to stay may participate in school-related extracurricular activities during their quarantine period but must wear a face covering at all times during these activities.

  • The CDC considers test to stay a promising practice for minimizing quarantine and maximizing school days in school for students.
  • Note: There may be instances where OHA determines that there is a high risk of transmission and may implement a home quarantine for exposed individuals. 
If your student has an in-school exposure, your child’s school and/or the Oregon Health Authority will inform you if test-to-stay is an option for your student. You must have documented consent in order for your child to be tested. Students who do not have parental consent will not be tested. These rapid tests use a lower nasal swab, not a deep swab. Participation in the test to stay is optional and families who opt not to participate may quarantine their child at home.

Learn more about test to stay via the Oregon Health Authority's FAQ here: