The data is clear: Test to Stay programs mean that more kids are safe & parents face fewer quarantine disruptions, & everyone feels safer with in-person learning.Leah PerkinsonManager of Pandemics, The Rockefeller Foundation
Four Keys to Successful Test to Stay programs:
- Fund and Staff Adequately: successful schools received funding quickly and efficiently hired appropriate staff members to help administer their programs.
- Give More to Existing Underfunded Schools: states reallocated funds and staff to ensure that traditionally underfunded schools had adequate funding and staffing.
- Help Parents and Students Understand: successful schools prioritized communicating their Test to Stay program to parents and students, including its benefits, how it would work and why it is safe.
- Consider Cultural Differences: successful schools developed culturally appropriate responses that account for local contexts and parental views.
Testing as an Alternative to Quarantining: Key Considerations and Best Practices for Implementing Test to StayRecently acknowledged by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a key mechanism for keeping schools safe and open, Test to Stay programs allow students who are close contacts of positive cases for Covid-19 to stay in school and undergo repeated testing, instead of quarantining at home. “Testing as an Alternative to Quarantining: […]Download PDF
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