Test-to-Stay Program

  • Rush-Henrietta offers a test-to-stay option for students and employees under quarantine for COVID-19 exposure. This provides an opportunity to test negative and attend school daily, while still adhering to all other aspects of quarantine protocol. Quarantine restrictions still apply to non-school day activities, meaning social events, private lessons, sports, playdates, sleepovers, etc., are not allowed. 

    To be eligible to attend school, students will be required to take a 15-minute rapid test - and receive a negative result - on each school day that falls within the five-day quarantine period.

    Testing Procedure
    Free testing for quarantined Rush-Henrietta students and employees is offered between 6:30 and 8:30 a.m. on school days at the Good Shepherd building, 3288 East Henrietta Road. No appointment is necessary, but consent is required for students. Parents/guardians are expected to accompany their child to the testing site. If we have a consent form on file, another responsible adult, such as a grandparent, may accompany the student for testing. Consent forms will be available at the testing site or downloaded below.

    The rapid antigen test will be used. If a student tests positive, the parent/guardian will receive a phone call from a district nurse within 30 minutes of the test. If, after 30 minutes, you do not receive a call, the test was negative and a test-to-stay student is cleared to attend school that day. The schools will be notified of student test results. An email confirming the negative result will be sent to the parent/guardian by 9:30 a.m. the day of the test.

    If Your Child Has Symptoms and Must Test to Return
    The New York State Health Department has changed the rules about what tests are accepted for returning to school after symptoms. A PCR test is no longer required - a rapid antigen test is now acceptable if administered by a healthcare professional in an external setting such as a clinic or doctor’s office. If you are unable to obtain a rapid test for your child, you may get one from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. on school days at Good Shepherd, 3288 East Henrietta Road, following the test-to-stay procedures

    At-Home COVID Test Kits
    Please note the at-home COVID test kits, such as those provided by Monroe county and distributed through towns and schools, are for home use and may not be used for our test-to-stay protocol or for students or employees to return to school after an illness. The existing procedures remain for those instances. As always, any student showing symptoms of COVID-19 must be kept home from school.