Test-to-Stay is a strategy being used by school districts across the country to allow unvaccinated, asymptomatic students who have been exposed to a COVID-positive individual to continue to attend school by conducting rapid COVID testing before the start of the school day. The Westchester County Department of Health County (WCDOH) has granted approval for the Mamaroneck Union Free School District to implement a Test-to-Stay (TTS) program under Westchester County's limited services laboratory license.
Effective January 11, 2022, the TTS program -- located from 7:30-8:30 am at the District's maintenance garage office (119 Gertrude Ave.) across from Mamaroneck Ave. School -- permits unvaccinated, asymptomatic students who have been exposed to COVID-19 to remain in school by getting tested 3 out of 7 days after exposure. By the 7th day, if they remain asymptomatic, they no longer have to be tested. TTS is available to all students from our six schools across the District.
The Department of Health has issued very strict guidelines for school districts participating in Test-to-Stay that we must follow; there is no flexibility in Test-to-Stay. Participation in the Test-to-Stay program is completely optional and is the choice of the individual family.
Mamaroneck School District follows TTS protocols as mandated by the Westchester County Department of Health and explained below in the FAQs (developed Jan. 8, 2022).
- Q. Who is eligible to participate in the TTS program?
- Q. What if I choose not to have my student participate in the TTS program?
- Q. Is there a fee to participate in the TTS program?
- Q. When will the daily rapid antigen test be administered?
- Q. How and where will the testing be conducted at school?
- Q. Can my child ride the bus when participating in the TTS program?
- Q. What if my child is identified as being exposed to COVID-19 and is notified days after the exposure date? Can they still participate in the TTS program?
- Q. What if my child was COVID-positive in the last 90 days?
- Q. What if my child develops symptoms while participating in the TTS program?
- Q. Does the TTS program allow my child to participate in activities outside the school day?
- Q. Is daily testing required on weekends and holidays?
- Q. What happens if my child has another exposure to a positive case while participating in the TTS program?
- Q. What happens after my child tests negative for three out of the seven days?
- Q. Can my child get a negative COVID-19 test to be released from quarantine?