District to Introduce Test to Stay Option for Students, Staff

Test to Stay

Owensboro Public Schools has introduced a new "Test to Stay" plan that will allow students and staff who would previously have been quarantined due to a positive contact the ability to be tested for COVID-19 over a period of time and remain in school as long as they remain negative.

The district will be partnering with Ethos Labs out of Newport, Kentucky to provide this service. Full details are listed below. You can also find a complete, updated COVID-19 operations plan at the link below.


Test to Stay Information

  • Our district has partnered with Ethos Labs in Newport, KY on the development of a “Test to Stay” program for students and staff who are considered close contacts of a positive case.

  • This will allow students and staff  the option to participate in an FDA-approved Rapid Antigen testing program, when identified as a close contact of a positive case to allow them to remain in school and not be out on quarantine. These tests are performed in the lower part of the nasal cavity.

  • “Test to Stay” is an option for anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a positive case as long as you do not have regular contact with that positive case (live in your household, etc.)

  • This program will begin Monday, October 11, 2021.

  • Those who are symptomatic may elect to get tested with this third party provider, but would need to make arrangements with the school health room and Ethos staff prior to reporting for testing.

    • DO NOT send your child to school if they are symptomatic without speaking to school health staff first! This will help prevent any other potential exposure

  • There is no cost to students and staff for this testing service.

  • Those who are quarantined, as a result of unmasked situations (PE, Band, Extracurricular, Cafeteria, Athletics, etc.) may participate in “Test to Stay” as long as they are asymptomatic.

  • Parents/Guardians must provide consent for their student to be tested on-site. You can do so by creating an account online at ethosbacktoschool.com.

    • You will need to set up an account on the site to enroll your child in the program.

    • You can un-enroll at any point, but will need to be signed up and have given consent in order to be tested.

  • Students who are considered close contacts will be tested for five consecutive school days. At the end of five days, students will be released from “Test to Stay” procedures.  

  • As long as COVID-19 testing results remain negative, students will be allowed to stay in class. It is still recommended that all Covid mitigation strategies are implemented at home until five-day testing period has passed.

  • Those participating in “Test to Stay” will need to arrive at school at least 15 minutes prior to the start of school in order to complete testing before going to class.

  • If a student tests positive with a Rapid Antigen test, they will be tested with a PCR test to follow-up to ensure the Rapid Test wasn’t a false positive. Those results will be back in less than 24 hours and a student must go home until those results are returned.

  • When a PCR-generated positive test occurs, a minimum 10-day quarantine model will be utilized based on individual circumstances as found in the contact tracing process.

  • Testing locations will be available at all school buildings and will be operated by Ethos Labs.

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