Test to Stay

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has been working closely with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to implement a Test to Stay strategy in our local school divisions. Test to Stay is an extra layer of prevention combined with our current layered prevention strategies.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the Test to Stay program in your school and ask your permission to enroll your student. All testing will be voluntary and only students with a signed consent form on file will be tested. Test kits are provided free of charge.

Test to Stay (TTS) is a practice that allows unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated students identified as close contacts in a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak (by the Fairfax County Health Department), to remain in school.

Test to Stay (TTS) requires the following”

  • Students take a rapid home COVID-19 test every morning for 5 days after the exposure. If the test is negative, students are allowed to stay in school.
  • Students must wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure
  • Students must remain without symptoms for 10 days after the exposure.

I encourage you to please consider allowing your student to participate in the program, as it is an important tool available to us to keep our school community healthy and our schools open.

The consent form can be completed at any time and returned to the Attendance Office in L103.