Board Approves 'Test to Stay,' Test to Play' Programs

The board voted to approve these programs at its October 7th meeting

October 7, 2021 – The Jefferson County Board of Education approved two key measures this afternoon at a specially called meeting. “Test to Stay” and “Test to Play” were approved to minimize the impact of quarantining and keep students and staff in school.

Test to Stay:

  • An optional program open to students and employees if they are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and been ordered to quarantine by a medical professional.
  • If individuals test nightly for seven days and have a negative result, they can return to school or work the next day. (Testing will be offered free of charge at middle and high schools and other selected locations in the afternoons/evenings. Click here for a list of sites.)

Test to Play:

  • Required program for any student taking part in regular extracurricular/interscholastic athletics or activities, beginning November 1. Students must take part in weekly testing, which is available at every middle and high school.

To read more about these programs, click here for the New Way Forward Update.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved a $200 incentive payment for all JCPS employees who are fully vaccinated by December 1. The Vaccine Incentive Payment is an initiative of the Kentucky Department of Education, which announced $100 stipends to incentivize school employees to get inoculated against COVID-19 and encouraged districts to match that amount.