Test to Stay in School

  • Note: A fully vaccinated student (ages 5 and older) will not need to quarantine or test to stay in school. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose.


    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. We have adopted layered prevention strategies designed to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. Thankfully, we have found that it is 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 class time missed by students in quarantine, our elementary and middle school families now can participate in the Test to Stay in School program. It allows students who are exposed to the virus in school-related settings to continue to attend classes 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.

    FCPS offers this program in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kentucky Department of Health, and the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. 

    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. 


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