Test to Stay Program Continues at Issaquah Schools

The Issaquah School District is grateful to be able to offer Test to Stay, an optional program sponsored by the Washington State Department of Health and Public Health – Seattle & King County that allows students and staff members who are identified as close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case to stay in school even if they are not yet fully vaccinated.

Taking part in the Test to Stay program means:

  • Testing twice during a 5-day period.
  • As long as a student or staff member remains asymptomatic and tests negative, they can continue to attend school and take part in school-sponsored activities.  

Students: Since we started offering it in October, Test to Stay has allowed hundreds of students who were identified as close contacts at school to remain in school during their quarantine period, rather than staying out of school to quarantine at home. Students who have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine and are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine (if they remain asymptomatic) so they are not eligible for the Test to Stay program.  

Adults: The DOH and PHSKC recently expanded Test to Stay for adults, so we are now also able to offer the Test to Stay program to staff members who are identified as close contacts of people with COVID-19.  For staff members, Test to Stay is for those who are not yet fully vaccinated AND boosted, and who are identified as close contacts but do not develop symptoms.

In case you missed it, we recently shared CDC and DOH updates including:

  • Quarantine requirements: shortened to five days for close contacts who are not fully vaccinated and not participating in Test to Stay.
  • Isolation requirements: shortened to five days, if fever-free for 24 hours without medication and if other symptoms have improved. Please note that students or staff who test positive and whose symptoms have improved still need to stay masked during days 6-10, even during activities such as sports, band, choir or drama.

For full details on those updates, see our Jan. 10 message.