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Test-to-Stay (TTS) Protocol

Only for District-Deemed Close Contacts Who are Asymptomatic & Unvaccinated

Regarding the option to Test-to-Stay (TTS) for unvaccinated close contacts (students and staff), which has the potential to shorten typical 10-day quarantine periods, the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) adopted the New York Department of Health (NYSDOH) requirements specified below, all of which must be fulfilled by any school district that wishes to implement the Test-to-Stay (TTS) protocol:

  • The exposure must have occurred in the school setting and while both the person with COVID-19 and exposed person were consistently and properly masked.
  • The exposed person remains asymptomatic; if the exposed person who is allowed to remain in school through TTS develops symptoms, they must be immediately excluded from school per current school guidance.
  • The exposed person is tested a minimum of three times during the seven-day period following exposure.
  • The seven-day period is measured in calendar days where the last date of exposure is considered day 0. The first test should be done as soon as possible after exposure is identified (i.e., the first day the student is in school after identified exposure). Possible testing days withinthe 7-Day Period are shown below. Please note that the first test must be given within 48 hours ofbeing notified by the District.

Minimum Testing Cadences

Day of First Test

Day of Second Test

Day of Third Test

0

2 or 3

5, 6 or 7

1

3

5, 6 or 7

2

4

5, 6 or 7

3

5

6 or 7

4

5

7

  • Each test must be conducted—and the result received by the school nurse—before the school day begins, and positive individuals excluded/isolated per existing procedures.
  • If the test is done in an unmonitored setting (e.g. home using an over-the-counter, or OTC, rapid test), the parent/guardian or staff member must attest to the fact that the test was done correctly, on the correct person, and in accordance with the instructions provided. (Please click HERE for the Attestation Form which must be completed each time an OTC rapid test is conducted and the results are submitted to the school nurse.)
  • The exposed person who is allowed to remain in school through TTS must be quarantined outside of school instruction/academic periods (on weekends/holidays when the seven-day TTS period is still active, but no school test is required; after school/evenings; no community activities or extracurricular participation including clubs, sports, arts/performance activities, etc.). Please note that students participating in TTS are allowed to continue to ride the schoolbus following all existing guidance, including required masking.

The Harborfields Central School District has adopted the Test-to-Stay (TTS) protocol in accordance with all of the aforementioned requirements.

For Staff: An individual who has met the above requirements and opts to participate in the Test-to-Stay protocol must submit a request in writing to the building principal who will subsequently provide the individual with a Google Form to complete.

For Students: The parent/guardian of a student who has met the above requirements and opts to participate in the Test-to-Stay protocol must submit a request in writing to the building principal who will subsequently provide the parent/guardian with a Google Form to complete.

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