Test to Stay Program
The Village School is preparing to make the “Test to Stay” Program available for K-6 students (the Pre-K students are eligible to participate in Tests for Tots). Our ability to do this depends on having enough materials on hand and sufficient student participation. The Test to Stay Program is only used when a COVID-19 exposure happens in school, and the school will still notify all families in a classroom if there is a COVID-19 positive case.
The goals of “Test to Stay” are to allow students and staff to participate in in-person learning as safely as possible while lessening the burden of quarantine and multiple class and/or school-wide closures on students and their families, as well as teachers.
A parent or guardian must sign the following TWO Test to Stay Consent forms in order for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate. Completing the consent forms for each student takes only a few minutes and Test to Stay is free for students.
1) Register with the “Simple Report” system which enables us at the Village School to manage all the testing and reporting for our students and staff. Click here to fill out the Simple Report.
2) Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) Consent Form: https://www.cognitoforms.com/VermontAgencyOfEducation/SY22COVID19TestingProgramIndependentSchoolConsentForm.
The Vermont AOE consent form provides detailed information on the intent of the Test to Stay program and how it works. You can also learn more about the Test to Stay program on the Vermont AOE website: https://education.vermont.gov/covid19/testing-test-to-stay.
If your student participates in Test to Stay and is identified as a close contact of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 while at school, your student will be able to take a daily rapid antigen test at the beginning of each school day until the 7th day of exposure. As long as your student has no symptoms and tests negative, your student will be able to stay in school. The rapid antigen test result is received within 15 minutes of your student doing a nasal swab. Your student will still need to quarantine outside of school.
The Vermont Agency of Education, the Department of Health, and a range of other state government and public health partners, are making Test to Stay possible for schools throughout the state. Using a combination of PCR and rapid antigen tests, response testing will allow our school to greatly reduce the time students might otherwise have to spend out of the classroom due to cases at school.
If you have any questions about the Test to Stay Program or need assistance with filling out the Consent Form, please contact the school at 802-442-5955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.