COVID-19 Test To Stay In School Program

Updated Jan. 18, 2022

Capital Region BOCES is using Test to Stay for asymptomatic, unvaccinated students who have had a school-based exposure to COVID-19.

Test to Stay allows students who have had an exposure to continue learning at school by testing negative through rapid NAAT or antigen tests during their related five-day quarantine period. 

Test to Stay only allows for students to remain in school; all other quarantine restrictions are still in place for those who have had a COVID-19 exposure.

Families of students who have had a school-based COVID-19 exposure and qualify for Test to Stay will be contacted by the school nursing staff, who will provide more details and testing materials. 

Please Note:

  • The person who has had an exposure must remain asymptomatic.
  • If the person develops symptoms  they will immediately be excluded from school for the remainder of their quarantine.
  • The person who has had an exposure will be tested a minimum of three times during the five-day period following the exposure unless recognition of the exposure was delayed.
  • The five-day period is measured in calendar days.
  • The first test should be done as soon as possible and preferably on the day when exposure is identified.
  • A positive at-home test result during the quarantine period should be reported immediately to the child’s school—Airline Drive Academy or Maywood School.

Where To Get A Test

If you would like to obtain a test kit, please stop by the main office of your child’s school—Airline Drive Academy or Maywood School—Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Please reach out to Airline Drive Academy Principal Barb Lounello, 518-464-6330, or Maywood School Principal Gabe Barbato, 518-464-6363, with any questions you may have or to arrange another time to pick up a test kit.

Reporting Positive At-Home Test Results

All positive test results from an at-home test must also be reported to the local health department in the county where you live, using the following process:

An Affirmation of COVID-19 Antigen Test Results for Test to Stay (TTS) must be completed and returned to school with your child on day five of the Test to Stay period. Please contact your child’s school—Airline Drive Academy or Maywood School—if you need this confirmation form. 

Contact Tracing

The New York State Department of Health is no longer conducting contact tracing. This means that individuals potentially exposed to COVID-19 will no longer be contacted by their local department of health. Going forward, we will no longer be collecting information about contacts to report to county health departments. 

Resources

For more information and COVID-19 resources, please visit the New York State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites.