01-27-22 Test to Stay Update to Families
January 27, 2022
Dear Williamsville Central School District Families,
In partnership with Buffalo Homecare, beginning Monday, January 31, 2022, the District will begin to implement its Test to Stay (TTS) program for students and staff who are not fully vaccinated and are identified as a close contact in a school setting (i.e. classroom, cafeteria, transportation) following an exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual. We believe this program will help preserve instruction and maintain in-person learning.
It is important to note that Test to Stay is an optional program. Testing will take place at the Amherst Youth & Recreation's Williamsville Youth & Family Center (5005 Sheridan Drive) prior to the school day beginning. The TTS program will allow for students and staff to attend school in lieu of quarantining during the instructional day provided they remain symptom free and adhere to the TTS guidelines.
To help provide the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the TTS program, the District has established a Test to Stay information page: WCSD Test to Stay Program. This page features a Test to Stay Frequently Asked Questions document, test location information, and other visuals to help better understand the TTS program.
As a reminder, fully vaccinated individuals, as defined by the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), and those who have tested positive within 90 days from the last date of exposure to a positive individual, are not required to quarantine.
Consent forms to participate in TTS can be filled out on WITS. Parents/guardians are required to consent and accompany their child(ren) to testing. While the goal of the TTS program is to test individuals a minimum of 2 times over the 5 day quarantine period, we understand indivdiuals are most often identified several days after their last exposure to a positive individual. For example, a close contact in a school setting may be identified on a Monday, with their last exposure coming the previous Thursday. This would mean if Thursday is “day 0” and Monday is “day 4,” the first day of testing would take place on Tuesday, which would be “day 5.” For additional context, please review the TTS Quarantine and Testing Explanation document.
Negative test results for students and staff members participating in TTS need to be received prior to attending school on the designated day of testing. If an individual is not tested on their designated days of testing, they will be unable to attend school on that day.
On days individuals are not scheduled to test they are eligible to attend school provided they remain symptom free. On days when a student is not tested, they are able to ride the bus, however it is highly recommended parents continue to provide daily transportation to students who are participating in TTS. If day 5 of quarantine falls on a weekend or non-school day, individuals are required to test the morning of the next school day.
If a student or staff member becomes symptomatic, all guidelines regarding isolation and return to school must be met in order to resume in-person instruction. If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they need to isolate and are required to meet all the guidelines regarding return to school.
Please be sure to review these materials, complete the consent form for your child(ren) if they are eligible to participate in this program, and reach out if you have any questions.
As guidance continues to change, we will work diligently to share that information with you as quickly as possible.
Dr. Darren J. Brown-Hall
Superintendent of Schools