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Test to Stay (TTS)

Over the last two school years, families have coped with the burden of having their children be quarantined due to exposure to the coronavirus. Effective immediately, Avoca Central School District will implement the Test to Stay (TTS) protocols issued by Steuben County on November 1, 2021. This will allow students who come in contact with a positive case an alternative to having to quarantine for 10 days. To take part in TTS, students need to be symptom free and a parent/guardian must sign a form granting permission for the student to be tested each morning. 


Normal contract tracing will still be used, and families will be notified by the administration or nurse if a student has been exposed. At that point, the student will be required to quarantine for 10 days or, with permission from a parent/guardian, submit to daily testing (TTS). Students selecting TTS in lieu of quarantine will not be able to take the bus to school. These students must be brought to the auditorium lobby each morning for testing between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.. A parent or guardian must accompany their child into the auditorium lobby the first day in order to sign the Parent Permission Form for COVID-19 Rapid Test.On subsequent testing days, students may enter the auditorium lobby on their own, but an adult must wait in the adjacent parking lot for test results. If the test is negative, the student can remain in school for that day and may take the bus home at the end of the day. Students will not, however, be able to participate in any after school activities. These after school activities include spending time in The Commons, sports, or extracurricular activities (such as clubs). Students who test positive will be sent home immediately and be required to quarantine for 10 days. 


This program is an option only for students PK-12th grade who have been placed in quarantine because of exposure in a classroom or school transportation setting. Those exposed by a family member in the same household are not eligible, and siblings of positive students will still be required to quarantine. 


Our hope is that these Test to Stay protocols will allow more students to remain in the classroom and help lift the burden of students in quarantine from families. 


Stephen Saxton, Superintendent


Summary of Eligibility

Eligibility: To fall under the Test to Stay protocol that allows in-person instruction, a student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are under a quarantine order.
  • Have not been quarantined due to a household exposure (e.g. siblings).
  • Not be associated with a cluster or outbreak, as determined by the county.
  • Have not developed any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 at any time since their exposure.
  • Correctly wear well-fitting masks in school at all times, other than when eating or drinking. When these individuals cannot be masked, they should maintain 6 feet of distance from other individuals, whenever possible. 
  • Have an FDA authorized rapid antigen test administered each school day by an appropriately trained school employee or healthcare provider and receive a negative result prior to reporting to class. On days when school is not open (e.g. weekends, holidays), testing is not required.  
    • At home tests do not qualify for this protocol.
    • If the student’s qualifying exposure becomes known during the school day, the child must receive a negative antigen test result before departing on a school bus.  
    • If the student’s qualifying exposure becomes known outside the school day, the student must receive a negative COVID-19 viral test (e.g. rapid antigen, PCR) before boarding a school bus the next school day.  
  • Has a parent/guardian who agrees to:
    • Conduct active monitoring (explicitly asking the student about signs and symptoms of COVID-19) each day before and after school.
    • Refrain from sending the participating student to school if any signs or symptoms develop in the child or anyone in the home.
    • Promptly pick up their child from school, should they test positive or develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 during school instruction. 
    • Keep the student at the location specified in their quarantine order when not attending in-school instruction.