Test to Stay in School
FCPS is committed to providing a safe in-person learning environment that maximizes the amount of time our students and staff are together on campus. As such, we have adopted layered prevention strategies designed to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Given the acceleration of COVID-19 cases in the greater Fayette County community, a growing number of FCPS students have been placed in quarantine because of potential exposures both on and off campus. Thankfully, we have found that it is very rare for students to develop COVID-19 because of an in-school exposure. Most cases are spread through household or community contacts.
To reduce the amount of school missed by students in quarantine, we will pilot an optional program that allows students who are exposed to the virus in school-related settings only to continue to attend school IF:
- They are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, AND
- They test negative during free on-campus testing before school on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
We call this program “Test to Stay in School,” and will pilot it in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kentucky Department of Health, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. Participating schools are Breckinridge, Clays Mill, Dixie, James Lane Allen, and Julius Marks elementary schools, and Crawford, Jessie Clark, and Morton middle schools.
This program has worked safely and successfully in school districts across the country, and we are excited to give our children this opportunity. We know that in-person learning is best for our students, and we want to keep them in school as much as possible. The pandemic remains an evolving situation, and as health guidance has changed, FCPS has adapted our practice. We will continue to make decisions to safeguard the health and safety of our students and staff.