Information About Testing:
People with COVID-19 can spread the virus to others even if they have no symptoms. If you test positive for COVID-19, even if you are vaccinated or never have symptoms, isolate at home, away from other people, as soon as you receive your test result and then notify your close contacts. Isolation means staying home and away from other people – including the people who live with you – for at least 5 days. The state of Vermont has adopted the CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine with additional guidance around recommended testing.
If your children get any symptoms at any time during quarantine, please call the doctor to get a referral for testing.
If you test positive with a PCR, antigen, or LAMP test, regardless of your vaccination status, you should…
- Notify your close contacts that you have tested positive, including your school nurse. Visit this page to find your school nurse’s contact information.
- If you took an at-home test, use this link to report your positive test results: https://bit.ly/ewsdcovid
- Stay home and isolate for 5 days. Call your physician to notify them of the test results.
- You can leave your home on (or after) day 5 if:
- You never had symptoms, or your symptoms have improved and you feel better
- AND you have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers
- AND you wear a mask around others through day 10
- AND it is required that you have two negative antigen tests performed at least 24 hours apart, beginning no earlier than day 4. The 2nd antigen test will be performed at school on the person’s first day back to school, prior to attending classes.
- If you are not feeling better, fever-free or are unable to provide negative results with antigen tests, you should remain in isolation at home through Day 10. You can return to school on Day 11.
For further information, consult the Vermont Department of Health website.
Test to Stay (TTS) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Who is eligible for TTS?
This program is for students who are NOT vaccinated, are asymptomatic, and who may have had a school exposure.
- Can students with COVID-19 symptoms participate in Test to Stay?
Students who are symptomatic should not attend school and must always be sent home.
- Should vaccinated close contacts participate in Test to Stay?
No. Test to Stay is intended for unvaccinated close contacts only.
- Can families do antigen testing at home instead of at the district site?
For now, antigen testing should occur at the district site only.
- When participating in TTS may my student ride the bus home?
Yes, if your student is cleared to attend school, they may ride the school bus home.
- Can my student participate in after-school activities while in the TTS program?
While participating in Test-to-Stay, your student may attend after-school events that involve only students from their school. Your child may not attend school activities that involve students from other schools, such as sports or scholastic competitions.
- What happens if my child tests negative?
If your student tests negative, they may remain at school and participate in school-sponsored activities.
- What happens if my child tests positive?
If your student receives a positive antigen test result, they will need to be brought home from the testing site. It is recommended that families follow-up with a PCR test. The student will need to enter a period of isolation for 10 days (day 0 being the day the student tested positive).
- Will my student need a PCR test when TTS testing days end?
No, your student will not need a PCR test at the end of their quarantine so long as they have completed the TTS program. If someone completes TTS, they do not need further testing, to be released from quarantine outside of school.
- What should I do if my student develops symptoms of illness while in the TTS program?
If at any point during TTS program your child develops symptoms:
- Do not send your child to school or come to TTS that morning.
- Call your child’s health care provider or make an appointment through the Vermont Department of Health to schedule a PCR test.
- Call 911 or go to the hospital If your child is having a medical emergency.
- Call 2-1-1 to be connected to a clinic in your area, if your child doesn’t have a provider.
- Treat mild symptoms at home: help your child get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and take fever-reducing medication if needed.