Russell County Schools adopting COVID-19 “Test to Stay” with parent permission

With parent permission, Russell County Schools will be adopting a COVID-19 “Test to Stay” program in regard to contact tracing on positive COVID-19 cases within the schools.

The program, which is already operating in Green County and is being adopted in partnership with Cumberland Family Medical Centers and the Healthy Kids Clinic, allows for students or staff who are deemed to be a close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive in the school the opportunity to stay at school if they are asymptomatic and test negative.

Below is a list of guidelines provided for the program.

-If a student or staff tests positive for covid they will go home.

-Anyone who is deemed a close contact can either quarantine or participate in the “test to stay.”

-Test to stay patients must be tested for 6 days. Any of the days that fall on the weekend they do not have to be tested. 

-The patients needs to have an HKC registration form on file and we must get permission from the guardian the first time we test and explain the program.

-In order to stay in the program, the patient must remain asymptomatic.  

Test to Stay patients are seen first thing in the morning by the school nurse where the program is already operational in Green County. These patients have vitals completed and the test done. As long as the patient isn’t symptomatic and the test is negative they can go back to class.


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