Geary USD 475 participates in the Test to Stay Program, which is a state funded program allowing students who have been exposed to a COVID-19 case to test each day in order to remain in school.
In a County Health news release it stated that the Health Department supports the program and assists the school district as needed.
Student are tested each day of the 10-day quarantine and as long as the results are negative, they are allowed to remain school, but outside of school they must quarantine at home like they would under any other circumstances. While they are released from testing at the end of the 10 days, they need to monitor themselves for the full 14 days since they could still develop symptoms. If they do develop symptoms, they need to be tested by their doctor or at any of the testing locations in Junction City, and stay home until they receive the results.
The Test to Stay Program is a state program to keep students in school as much as possible. Masking is also a requirement of this program, and students who will not wear their masks consistently in school cannot participate in the program.
Questions about the program may be directed to Rick Rook at 785-717-6890, USD 475 Covid Coordinator or Tammy Von Busch at 785-762-5788, Geary County Health Department Director.