Westerly Public Schools to participate in test-to-stay pilot program

WESTERLY, R.I. (WLNE)- Westerly Public Schools will be one of the first school districts in Rhode Island to participate in the test-to-stay program.

The program would allow students grades K-6 deemed close contacts to someone with COVID-19 to avoid quarantining and missing school by testing negative.

Westerly is beginning the pilot program on Wednesday, according to superintendent Mark Garceau.

Students exposed to COVID-19 will participate in test-to-stay for a week, taking rapid tests every day.

Those students will continue to allowed to ride the bus to school.

“It is our hope that TTS, along with the other safety measures we continue to have in place, will keep our schools safe and will allow students to stay in school.
Thank you again for your support during this challenging time,” said Garceau.

Gov. Dan McKee will be holding a briefing on Wednesday to formally announce the pilot program.

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