"Test to Stay" Program

  • Federal Way Public Schools will now offer COVID-19 testing for scholars at school as part of our partnership with King County Health and the “Test to Stay” 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 in the school setting that has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified by someone at your child’s school. They will then be offered a test to stay at school using a rapid antigen shallow nasal swab test, which returns results within 20 minutes. Scholars who test negative are eligible to stay at school and follow modified 7-day quarantine only if they: 

    • Test when first identified as a close contact to someone at school, and then test again between days 5 and 7 of their quarantine period. 
    • Stay home when not attending school. They cannot attend extracurricular or after-school activities or social gatherings. 

    This modified quarantine status is being made available through our partnership with King County Health and the “Test to Stay” program. It is only available to scholars who are identified as close contacts to someone in the school environment. 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 does not participate in the "Test to Stay" program, the quarantine period for any scholar exposed to COVID-19 will be 10 days after the last exposure to a positive individual. Without providing a negative test, scholars must quarantine at home and will be ineligible for the modified 7-day, in-school quarantine option.

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.
    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.