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Warren County schools get green light for COVID-19 testing program

The testing program could become available to all Ohio schools if it is successful.
The testing program could become available to all Ohio schools if it is successful.(KTUU)
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 5:35 PM EDT
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WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Ten Warren County school districts will start a COVID-19 testing program on Sept. 28 that they hope will keep students in class and not at home in quarantine.

The schools’ say the program comes after continuously sending healthy students home to quarantine because they were close contacts.

That is where the Test & Stay program now comes in.

The program will allow asymptomatic close contacts to stay in school if they receive an individual rapid antigen test two times during their quarantine period and test negative, a letter from Wayne Local Schools reads.

Those students would also have to wear a mask while in school.

Families of students choosing not to participate in the pilot program will have the option of quarantine for 10 days at home or return to school on day eight with proof of a negative test on the fifth, sixth or seventh day.

The press release from Wayne Local Schools says, “students who are wearing a face mask or are vaccinated do not need to quarantine.”

Superintendents from Carlisle, Kings, Lebanon, Little Miami Local, Franklin City, Mason City, Springboro Community, Wayne Local, Warren County Career Center, Clinton Massie, Monroe, and Warren County ESC signed the proposal.

The superintendents got approved for the program after sending their idea to Gov. Mike DeWine.

Under the pilot project, DeWine explained, a student exposed to the coronavirus could stay in school as long as they wore a mask and took two rapid tests a few days apart, according to our media partner at the Cincinnati Enquirer.

If the program is successful, DeWine said it could become an option for all Ohio schools.

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