Test to Stay Information

Capital School District


Delaware COVID-19 School Testing Programs


Along with preventing COVID-19 by vaccinating all individuals age five and older, testing is an important way to identify and stop the spread of the virus in our community and maintain in-person instruction throughout the school year. As you may know, Capital School District has partnered with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) to give your child access to free, weekly COVID-19 tests through the In-School Testing program in each of our schools.


Starting January 3rd, 2022, Capital School District will also provide free testing for staff and students who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and have been instructed to quarantine through the new Test to Stay (TTS) program. 


This Test to Stay program is offered as an adjunct to our current COVID-19 In-School Testing program. Test to Stay, which follows DPH guidance, would allow a student to attend school or a staff member to work even if they have been exposed to COVID-19 as long as they meet the following these criteria: 

  • They show no symptoms 
  • They correctly wear a mask indoors when at school 
  • They continue to quarantine when not at school 
  • They test negative daily (during the school week) as part of the Test to Stay program 

TTS REGISTRATION

Students/Staff must be registered to participate in our weekly COVID-19 screening program to use Test to Stay. To register, parents/guardians or staff should complete the COVID-19 testing consent form at: https://my.primary.health/l/capital-schools


TTS PROCESS

Students or staff asked to quarantine because of close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 can participate in TTS at either of the locations below, Monday through Thursday, from 4 pm to 7 pm. Some other districts’ locations offer Sunday testing - an interactive map of all TTS locations is available here.


East Dover Elementary School

852 S. Little Creek Road

Dover, DE 19901

Enter at Front of School


THE RESULTS

Test results will be sent to the parent/guardian email address. Parents/guardians are required to forward the email, including the child's names and date of birth to the appropriate school email below:


School

Test to Stay (TTS) Email

Booker T. Washington Elementary

[email protected]

East Dover Elementary

[email protected]

Fairview Elementary

[email protected]

Hartly Elementary

[email protected]

North Dover Elementary

[email protected]

South Dover Elementary

[email protected]

Towne Point Elementary

[email protected]

William Henry Middle

[email protected]

Central Middle

[email protected]

Dover High

[email protected]

Kent County Community School (KCCS) – Main Site

[email protected]

Kent County Secondary Intensive Learning Center (KCSILC)

[email protected]



To learn more about both the in-school and test to stay programs and why it is important to enroll your children, please visit the CSD Stay Healthy website.


COVID-19 cases are still a significant concern in our community—and routine testing is one of the best ways to identify them and stop the virus from spreading. The more students we can enroll, the more effective it will be. If they are not already, please consider enrolling your child in the In-School Testing program now, so they can participate in Test to Stay and they can benefit from the education, socialization, and opportunities every Delaware child deserves. 

 

Thank you for helping us stay safe and prevent outbreaks! For questions, please contact your child’s school nurse or my office. Thank you!

LaWanda Burgoyne

Supervisor, Student Services

Capital School District

302-857-4236

Test to Stay Frequently Asked Questions

How does “Test to Stay” work?

If a student/staff member was exposed to someone with COVID-19 in school and is not fully vaccinated, the school nurse will contact the student’s parent/guardian or staff member notifying them of the exposure and that they have the option to remain In-School during their quarantine period by receiving daily testing Test to Stay. If the parent/guardian or staff member consents to daily testing through Test to Stay, the school nurse will provide details on the location and timing of daily testing. The student/staff member may return to school/work the next day if they test negative that evening in Test to Stay and do not have any symptoms of COVID-19. Please keep in mind that we will only accept test results provided through Test to Stay to allow quarantining students/staff to remain In-School. 

 

If a student/staff member was exposed to someone with COVID-19 outside of school and is not fully vaccinated, parents/caregivers and staff members have the option to let the school nurse know of this exposure so that the student/staff member can participate in Test to Stay to receive daily testing and remain In-School during their quarantine period. If the parent/guardian or staff member consents to participating in Test to Stay, the school nurse will provide details on the location and timing of daily testing. Again, please keep in mind that only test results provided through Test to Stay will be accepted to allow quarantining students/staff members to remain In-School.

Can individuals participate in Test to Stay if not enrolled in the COVID-19 In-School Testing Program?

No. Students/staff members must be enrolled in the school’s weekly COVID-19 In-School Testing Program to participate in Test to Stay.  However, if an individual is exposed to COVID-19, they can be immediately enrolled in the program so that they may participate in Test to Stay as well as weekly testing going forward.

What if an individual is exposed to COVID-19 and does not participate in Test to Stay?

If a student or staff member who is not fully vaccinated is exposed to COVID-19 and does not participate in Test to Stay, then they must stay home from school (quarantine) for 5 days following their known exposure and continue to wear a mask around others for an additional 5 days.

Does an individual need to participate in Test to Stay if they are fully vaccinated?

No. Fully vaccinated individuals (those who > 2 weeks from their 2nd shot of Pfizer or Moderna or single shot of Johnson & Johnson but < 6 months from initial vaccination series for Pfizer or Moderna or 2 months from initial vaccination for Johnson & Johnson OR have received a booster vaccine OR are not eligible for a booster vaccine) do not need to quarantine and do not need to participate in Test to Stay at this time. Everyone, regardless of vaccine status, is encouraged to participate in the weekly In-School Testing program. 

How will individuals be tested?

Individuals in Test to Stay will receive an antigen (rapid) test in the evening before every school day Monday through Thursday for 7 days following a known exposure to COVID-19. The antigen tests will involve a quick and easy nasal swab. The swab will be done by the individual or, if assistance is needed, by trained clinical staff.

When and where will the tests occur?

The Test to Stay Program will be testing individuals between 4pm and 7pm, Monday through Thursday, for admittance the following work/school day. Testing will be conducted at Dover High School and East Dover Elementary School and is free to all staff and students. 

How long will it take to receive test results?

Results for antigen tests will be available typically within 30 minutes after the test is conducted.

How will we be notified of results?

Parents/guardians or staff members will be notified of results directly by email and/or text from Quidel, our testing partner. Individuals must forward the Quidel test result email to their school at the email address below the evening of testing to attend school/work the next day. If the test result email is not forwarded to the school before the start of the next school day, the student or staff member will not be permitted to attend school/work that day.

 

School

Email

Booker T. Washington Elementary

[email protected]

East Dover Elementary

[email protected]

Fairview Elementary

[email protected]

Hartly Elementary

[email protected]

North Dover Elementary

[email protected]

South Dover Elementary

[email protected]

Towne Point Elementary

[email protected]

William Henry Middle

[email protected]

Central Middle

[email protected]

Dover High

[email protected]

Kent County Community School (KCCS) – Main Site

[email protected]

Kent County Secondary Intensive Learning Center (KCSILC)

[email protected]

Can students in “Test to Stay” participate in sports and other extracurricular activities?

If your student tests negative and is able to remain in school during their quarantine period through Test to Stay, they may also participate in extracurricular activities. However, this does not include weekend activities, as testing is not available Friday through Sunday evening. 

 

What if an individual tests positive?

Quidel will take a follow-up PCR swab at the Test to Stay site if an individual receives a positive antigen test, so participants are encouraged to wait at the site for the antigen test results if possible.

 

If someone tests positive, they will need to stay at home and start isolation immediately. Your school nurse/CDCF school liaison will reach out for information about close contacts so that everyone who has been exposed can be notified.

How will the school protect individuals’ privacy?

Testing results will be shared only for public health purposes, which may include notifying close contacts that they may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and taking other steps to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in your school community. Information sharing and notifying of contacts will be done in a way that protects your student’s privacy. Sharing of information about all individuals will only be done in accordance with applicable laws and policies protecting student/staff privacy and the security of their information.

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