Test to Stay

Franklin Pierce Schools' Test to Stay program is a voluntary, parent consent COVID-19 testing program in our schools. The goal of the program is to allow unvaccinated students who are identified as close contacts*  to remain in school if they are symptom-free and test negative for COVID-19.

Previously, unvaccinated students who were designated as close contacts were required to quarantine at home for 10 days. Through the test to stay program, students may be able to reduce the number of days that they are required to quarantine.

Franklin Pierce Schools was granted approval to implement the Test to Stay program by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and testing will begin in our schools starting Wednesday October 20, 2021. This testing 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, teachers, and other staff from COVID-19.

*A close contact is defined by the Washington State Department of Health as 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 FPSD is contact traced and families are notified if their student is determined to be a close contact.

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