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'Test to Stay' Option

Updated Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021

 

The “Test to Stay” program will be in operation at the majority of our schools starting Thursday, Oct. 21. Each site opens at 7 a.m. for parents to take their child for COVID testing prior to the start of the school day. Test sites will be open at the following locations:

Earlington Elementary, Grapevine Elementary, Hanson Elementary, Jesse Stuart Elementary, Pride Elementary, Southside Elementary, West Broadway Elementary, Browning Springs Middle, James Madison Middle, South Hopkins Middle, Hopkins County Central High, and Madisonville North Hopkins High.

The “Test to Stay” program, offered in partnership with Ethos Labs, is designed to support a safe in-person learning environment and to minimize the need to quarantine students or staff for extended periods. To give consent for your child to participate, go to http://www.ethosbacktoschool.com/.

 

Updated Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

 

We want to let parents know the “Test to Stay” program will temporarily operate sites at only four of our schools until the program is fully staffed. Parents are welcome to choose which of these locations to take their child for testing prior to the start of the school day. Each site opens at 7 a.m. The locations are as follows:

Browning Springs Middle School – Parents will enter through the bus lane behind the school and park in the grass outside the chorus room. Cones and signs will provide direction. Students will knock on the chorus door before entering. They will return to the vehicle to wait for results.

James Madison Middle School – Parents will park in the lot on the north side of the school. There are parking spots marked with signs for COVID testing. Call the number on the sign. Parents will stay in the car. A staff person will come get the student for testing and then return the student to the vehicle to wait for results.

Hopkins County Central High School – Parents will drive around the school building and pull in the drop-off area across from the Tennis Courts. There is a sign on the exterior door where students who need to be tested can enter. A staff member will be present to assist.

Madisonville North Hopkins High School – Students will enter the building through the main doors and go directly to the gym. A staff member will be present to assist.

The “Test to Stay” program, offered in partnership with Ethos Labs, is designed to support a safe in-person learning environment and to minimize the need to quarantine students or staff for extended periods. To give consent for your child to participate, go to http://www.ethosbacktoschool.com/.

 

Posted Oct. 12, 2021

“Test to Stay” Authorization Form

Student and Staff Registration Instructions

Hopkins County Schools remains committed to providing in-person instruction while safeguarding health and well-being and minimizing the disruptions caused by quarantines.

Toward that goal, we are introducing a new “Test to Stay” option. In partnership with Ethos Labs, students who would have previously been quarantined because of a positive contact may now be tested over a period of time and stay in school as long as they test negative and remain asymptomatic.

The program starts Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Parents/Guardians must provide consent for their student to be tested. To do so, create an account online at ethosbacktoschool.com. There is no cost for this testing service.

“Test to Stay” is an option for anyone who has been identified as a close contact of a positive case as long as you do not have regular contact with that positive case (live in your household, etc.)

“Test to Stay” uses an FDA-approved Rapid Antigen testing program. These tests are performed in the lower part of the nasal cavity. This is a completely optional program. Tests will be performed at school prior to the start of the school day. Parents must bring their students to school and stay with them until the results are finalized. Students who participate will receive results within 15 minutes. If the result is negative, the student may stay in school. This procedure will be followed for five school days. If results are positive, the person will be offered an optional follow-up test and must go home.

Families that do not wish to participate may continue to follow the quarantine procedures that are in place. It is important to note that the “Test to Stay” program is available only because our district continues to require universal masking for all students and staff in our schools. This program is supported by the Kentucky Department for Public Health and is in compliance with our ongoing work in the area of health, wellness and safety.

“Test to Stay” is designed to support a safe in-person learning environment for your child for the entire school year, and to minimize the need to quarantine students or staff for extended periods. You will receive additional information from your school with specific procedures to follow. We hope you will give this option careful consideration. If you have specific questions, please contact your child’s school.