• 1/6/22

    SBLSD expands 'Test to Stay' COVID-19 program to all schools districtwide

    All schools in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District are now offering a voluntary COVID-19 testing program designed for students who are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact* of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

    Called Test to Stay, this program is designed to reduce learning loss for students exposed to COVID-19 at school. The parent-consent testing program allows unvaccinated students, or those not yet fully vaccinated, to remain in school as long as they are symptom-free and test negative for COVID-19. Students who participate in the Test to Stay program will test at school the day we are notified of possible exposure and then test one more time on day 5 from the date of close contact. 

    Test to Stay, combined with disease-prevention strategies, can help our school detect new cases to prevent outbreaks, reduce the risk of further transmission, and protect students and staff from COVID-19. Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and healthy in-person learning environment.  

    Please read the frequently-asked questions below. For more information, please contact your child's school.

    * Defined by the Washington State Department of Health, a close contact is an individual who has spent 15 or more minutes over a 24-hour period within 6 feet of the confirmed case, or within 3 feet in a K-12 indoor classroom setting. Each confirmed case in SBLSD is contact-traced and families are notified if their child is determined to be a close contact.

    Test to Stay FAQs

    Who is eligible to participate?
    With parent/guardian permission, students at all Sumner-Bonney Lake School District schools ages 4 and up who are unvaccinated and designated as close contacts of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 are eligible.

    Is testing mandatory?
    No. The program is voluntary and parent consent is required. 

    Unvaccinated students and those not fully vaccinated (including booster) who don’t participate in Test to Stay and are identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine at home for at least 5 days, with a negative test, and no more than 10 days from the date of exposure.

    What kind of test is being used?
    SBLSD uses a rapid antigen, nasal swab test. When appropriate this is a self-administered, minimally invasive, nasal swab test and is observed by a trained adult.

    How do I give consent for my child to participate?
    You can either pre-register for the program by submitting a Parent/Guardian Consent Form (Spanish | Russian | Ukrainian) now or you can give permission when your child is a close contact at school.

    When will I receive the test results?
    Families will be notified the same day of positive test results by a school representative.

    What are the testing procedures?
    For students who have been identified as a close contact at school, families will be contacted and asked if they want to participate in the Test to Stay program, allowing their child to remain at school as long as they are symptom free. Additionally, the student will also need to test again on day 5 of exposure, and quarantine at home when they are not attending school.

    If family consent has been provided, a test will be given and the student may return to class immediately (while awaiting test result) if they are symptom-free. Test results will be provided to the family and the school district by the testing company. 

    In some situations, students will be allowed to test the next day after being identified.

    What is modified quarantine?
    During modified quarantine, the student must quarantine at home except for attending school classes. Participation in non-classroom school activities, such as extracurricular and community activities, is not permitted, nor is attendance to group childcare or youth development programs. A modified quarantine is not an option for teachers, staff or other adults.

    When can my child return to class?
    A student who is not experiencing symptoms may return to class after the test is administered. Modified quarantine can begin while waiting for test results.

    Can my child participate in non-classroom school activities and extracurricular activities during modified quarantine?
    During modified quarantine, students may only attend school and must avoid non-classroom school activities, such as extracurricular and community activities, group childcare, or youth development programs for the “modified quarantine” period of 5 days from exposure.

    Students may resume extracurricular activities on day 6 if both of their tests during the modified quarantine are negative (the second test must occur on or after day 5 after exposure). This is a requirement of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) Test to Stay program.

    What if my child is identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 at school, is unvaccinated, and tests positive? 
    If the student tests positive, the student will be sent home for the identified isolation period, usually 5 days.

    What if my child is vaccinated?
    Students who are vaccinated and remain symptom-free do not need to test, even if identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

     


    11/29/21

    SBLSD begins COVID 'Test to Stay' pilot program at Daffodil Valley Elementary

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District is participating in a Test to Stay pilot program through the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to reduce instructional loss for students exposed to COVID-19 at school. Testing will begin, as needed, later this week at Daffodil Valley Elementary. The pilot will run through December before expanding to other sites. 

    Test to Stay is a voluntary, parent-consent COVID-19 testing program designed for students who are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact* of an individual at a school or school-related event who tests positive for COVID-19.

    Previously, and currently for all schools except the pilot school Daffodil Valley, unvaccinated students who were designated as close contacts were required to quarantine at home for 7-10days. The Test to Stay program allows unvaccinated students, who are identified as close contacts at school or school-sponsored events, to remain in school as long as they are symptom-free and test negative for COVID-19. Students who participate in the Test to Stay program will test at school the day we are notified of possible exposure and then test one more time 5-7 days from the date of close contact. 

    This Test to Stay program, combined with disease-prevention strategies, can help our schools detect new cases to prevent outbreaks, reduce the risk of further transmission, and protect students and staff from COVID-19.

    Please read the frequently-asked questions below. If you need more information, please contact your child’s school. Thank you for helping us maintain safe and healthy in-person teaching and learning environments.  

    * Defined by the Washington State Department of Health, a close contact is an individual who has spent 15 or more minutes over a 24-hour period within 6 feet of the confirmed case, or within 3 feet in a K-12 indoor classroom setting. Each confirmed case in SBLSD is contact-traced and families are notified if their child is determined to be a close contact.