'Test to Stay': COVID-19の発生時に子供が学校にとどまる方法

ユタ was the first in the nation to try out the “滞在するためのテスト” 昨年のプロトコル.

目標は、発生時に子供たちを家に送るのではなく、学校で否定的なテストをしている子供たちを維持することです.

Kids at Kearns High School in Kearns, ユタ, started learning in person about a month ago.

昨年, the school tried the 滞在するためのテスト strategy in a pilot program.

Once the number of COVID-19 cases reached a certain threshold, it tested everyone for the virus over a two-day period.

“その時点で, we were able to continue on with the school year with those who tested negative,” said Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley.

Kearns High School in Kearns, ユタ, tested all students under the "滞在するためのテスト" pilot program Dec. 7-8, 2020. 今, the Test to Stay protocol is written into state law.

Kearns High School in Kearns, ユタ, tested all students under the “滞在するためのテスト” pilot program Dec. 7-8, 2020. 今, the Test to Stay protocol is written into state law. (Granite School District)

After the pilot testing, インクルード Utah legislature wrote the protocol into law 3月.

Schools with 1,500 or more students must test everyone if 2% of the student population has COVID-19. Schools with fewer than 1,500 students must test everyone if 30 or more people have COVID-19.

Once that threshold has been hit, we’ll come and conduct a sweep of the entire student population,” said Maggie Graul, the program manager for the K-12 testing program at the Utah Department of Health.

It’s absolutely possible that schools could be hitting that Test to Stay threshold multiple times throughout the school year,” 彼女は付け加えた.

The state department of health has provided the tests and personnel.

Four schools in Utah hit the threshold last week, prompting a Test to Stay event. 合計で, they conducted about 3,600 テスト. Ninety were positive.

その間, Kearns High School has stayed in the clear for now, with fewer than five active COVID-19 cases. It would begin a Test to Stay event if the number of active cases were to reach around 46.

This is the main protocol we’re hanging our hat on in terms of if there is an outbreak, this is what we’ll utilize to identify potential cases,” Horsley said.

Utah is among the states that enacted a ban on schools from requiring masks.

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Kids who test positive are still required to quarantine at home for 10 日々.

While schools in Utah used Test to Stay last school year, the protocol is a recent development for schools in other areas such as マリエッタ, Ga. Some schools in southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky are using the strategy as well.

But Test to Stay may look different in each area.

In Utah, the testing is done until the case count reaches the threshold again. Schools in other states may test daily.

Parents should contact local health departments and school districts for safety and health guidelines.

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