Saratoga County program would keep quarantined kids in school

Saratoga County may have an answer to unnecessary quarantines for students who have been exposed to COVID, but show no symptoms. A pilot program called "Test to Stay" could result in far fewer kids being barred from the classroom.

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The program just what it sounds like. If a student is exposed to COVID, it gives them a chance to continue coming to school, assuming they pass the test.

"In order to do this each morning, they will have to have a negative rapid antigen test result," said Saratoga County Health Commissioner Dr. Daniel Kuhles. "They’ll report to the nurse, get their test, wait for the results which take 15 about minutes and then be able to report to their class for instructional learning during the day."

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Those students will then have to remain masked and socially distanced. If they’re positive, a parent or guardian has to take them home.

Hear about one district already giving the program a try, and what a parent thinks of it, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger’s story.