Test to Stay

  • graphic of test to stayThe Island County Test to Stay program is a voluntary, parent consent COVID-19 testing program in our schools. This program is designed for students and staff who are unvaccinated or have not received a booster dose and identified as a close contact of an individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

    Previously, unvaccinated students and staff who were designated as close contacts were required to quarantine at home for 14 days. The goal of the program is to allow unvaccinated students and staff who are identified as close contacts to remain in school as long as they are symptom-free and test negative for 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 or structured outdoor setting. Each confirmed case in OHPS is contact traced and families are notified if their student is determined to be a close contact.

    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.

    *Oak Harbor Public Schools will be pausing the Test to Stay program until further notice. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who Qualifies for Test to Stay?

  • What is the Protocol for Students for Test to Stay?

  • What is the Protocol for Staff for Test to Stay?

  • What is Modified Quarantine?

  • Can my child participate in school activities and extracurricular activities during modified quarantine?

  • Can my child participate in the district’s Test to Stay program if they are exposed to COVID-19 outside of school?

  • Is Testing Mandatory?

  • What are the testing procedures?

  • What if my child has had Covid-19 in the past three months?

  • What if my child is vaccinated?

  • What if my student is identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 at school and chooses not to be tested at school?

  • What if my student is identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 at school, is unvaccinated, and tests positive?

  • When can my child return to class in the district’s Test to Stay program?