COVID-19 Testing in School

  • Federal Way Public Schools will now offer COVID-19 testing for scholars at school as part of our partnership with Public Health Seattle and King County and Health Commons Project’s “Learn to Return” program. With parent consent, scholars can receive two types of testing: Close Contact Screening and Diagnostic Testing. These on-site testing options will enable our district to assess COVID-like symptoms faster leading to quicker diagnosis, which will ultimately help minimize exposure and risk to our scholars, staff, and families. The program will also reduce the amount of time scholars who have been identified as a close contact must quarantine — regardless of participating in the "Test to Stay" program.

Close Contact Screening to "Test to Stay"

  • Scholars who are identified as being in close contact to someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified by someone at your child’s school. If the scholar is not fully vaccinated (has not received their 2nd dose or it has not been at least two weeks since their second dose) they will then be offered a test to stay at school using a rapid antigen shallow nasal swab test, which returns results within 15 minutes who test negative are eligible to stay at school and follow a modified 5-day quarantine only if they: 

    • Test when first identified as a close contact to someone at school, and then test again no sooner than day 5 of the modified quarantine.
    • Do not have COVID symptoms; AND
    • Continue to wear a well fitted mask when around others; AND
    • Continue to quarantine from (i.e., not participate in) all social gatherings and community activities. They may participate in extracurricular activities at school, including sports
    • After day 5 of the modified quarantine they must continue to wear a well fitted mask.
    • Monitor for symptoms. If symptoms develop during the 10 days, isolate and get tested.

    This modified quarantine status is being made available through our partnership with Public Health Seattle and King County and the “Test to Stay” program. It is only available to scholars who are not fully vaccinated, have not tested positive for COVID In the last 90 days and have been identified as close contacts to someone who has tested positive. Parents/Guardians can also choose to have their scholar tested by a healthcare provider or clinic and share results with the school in order to participate in this program.

    Please note, if your child is not fully vaccinated, has not tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days is identified as a close contact and does not participate in the "Test to Stay" program they will be required to:

    • Quarantine at home for at least 5 full days beginning after the last close contact (the day of the last close contact is considered day 0)
    • If no symptoms have developed after day 5 and after receiving a negative test result from a test taken no sooner than day 5 they may return to school but must continue to wear a well fitted mask
    • If you chose to not have your child tested your scholar must quarantine at home for 10 days after the last close contact.

Diagnostic Testing for Symptomatic Scholars

  • With parent consent, scholars who develop COVID-19-like symptoms while at school be given a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) shallow nasal swab test before being sent home. The test is sent to a lab and results are available within 48-72 hours. 

    The PCR diagnostic test is only available to scholars who develop one or more of the following symptoms while in school: 

    • Fever of 100.4 or higher or chills
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Muscle or body aches
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Cough (new, changed, or worsening)

    Currently, diagnostic testing is only available for scholars who start to develop symptoms at school. Please keep your scholars home if they have any symptoms and have them tested by a health care provider or at a community clinic.

How to Register Your Scholar for Testing

  • You will be contacted by your scholar’s school if a situation arises where testing at school would be an option. You will need to give your verbal consent and written consent before any testing is done at school. You will also be asked to register your scholar for the type of testing they need.

    Registration Instructions for the Close Contact Screening to "Test to Stay" (Rapid Test)

    If your scholar is identified as a close contact to someone at school you will be contacted by someone from your scholar’s school. If you would like to participate in testing you would then complete the following steps: 

    1. Read the information about the BinaxNow Covid Rapid Antigen Test and BD Veritor Rapid Antigen Test. Your child will be provided one of these tests, based on availability.
    2. Give consent for FWPS to test your scholar by filling out the Consent to Test Form.
    3. Register your scholar for testing at their school site. Registration links can be found below under "Rapid Testing Registration Links By School Site."

     

    Registration Instructions for the Diagnostic Test for Symptomatic Scholars (PCR Test)

    If your Scholar is identified as developing the symptoms above at school you will be contacted by someone from your scholar’s school. If you would like to participate in testing you would then complete the following steps:

    1. Read the information about the Curative PCR Test.
    2. Give consent for FWPS to test your scholar by filling out the Consent to Test Form.
    3. Register your scholar for testing at their school site. Registration links can be found below under "PCR Testing Registration Links By School Site."

Rapid Testing Registration Links by School Site

The registration links found in this table are for the Rapid Test only.

PCR Testing Registration Links By School Site

Registration links in this table are for PCR Testing only.