Test to Stay

Test to Stay

Protect Your Health

K-12 Test to Stay (TTS)

Test to Stay is a practice that consists of serial COVID-19 testing to allow close contacts who are not fully vaccinated to continue to attend school during their quarantine period.

CDC advises that schools may consider the use of TTS to minimize the impact of quarantine and limit school absences after a SARS-CoV-2 exposure in the K-12 school setting.

VDH recognizes the importance of in-person learning for the academic, social and behavioral health of our children and adolescents.  VDH is committed to providing guidance that ensures a safe and healthy environment for all students, teachers, and staff in K-12 schools.

Please see below links for summary of VDH guidance on the implementation of Test to Stay programs in Virginia schools.

Question about Test to Stay?

For School Officials:

TTS is a resource-intensive effort that will require planning and commitment at the local school level to be successful. VDH will provide test kits to participating schools, protocol and guidance, and technical assistance..

VDH encourages schools to review the protocol, webinar, and implementation checklist to assess for readiness in implementing Test to Stay.  Please visit this page regularly to remain up to date on program developments and resources.

Please note that all guidance is subject to change pending any updated CDC or VDH Guidance.


Introduction to TTS, including key definitions, and recommended testing and quarantine response protocols
(PDF) (14 pp, 240 KB)

Executive Summary

One page overview of the TTS program
(PDF) (1 pp, 73 KB)

VDH/VDOE Test to Stay Educational Webinar

A VDH/VDOE Test to Stay Educational Webinar for School Officials is available to review as a PDF
(PDF) (32 pp, 1595 KB)

Resources to Help Schools Implement Test to Stay

These are resources schools may use to help implement Test to Stay. Schools should not return these documents to VDH.

Template Consent Form

(PDF) (2 pp, 59 KB)

School Checklists

Includes eligibility criteria for student enrollment, continued participation in in-person instruction, and release from TTS
(PDF) (3 pp, 60 KB)

Daily Monitoring Form

To collect data on individual test results, symptoms, and exposure dates
(PDF) (1 pp, 52 KB)

Implementation Checklist

Detailed checklist for schools to review to ensure adequate staffing, resources, and processes to implement Test to Stay
(PDF) (2 pp, 55 KB)

Data Collection Worksheet

(PDF) (2 pp, 53 KB)

Sample Letter to School Community

Can be used to communicate the implementation of TTS to the school community
(DOCX) (1 pp, 2.1 MB)

Resources for Parents, Teachers, and Staff

Do you know about Test to Stay

(PDF) (1 pp, 86 KB)

What should you do if participating in Test to Stay

(PDF) (1 pp, 234 KB)

Test to Stay Daily Monitoring Form

Parents with students in TTS and teachers/staff in TTS may use this form to track data on individual test results, symptoms, and exposure dates.
(PDF) (1 pp, 144 KB)

Page Last Updated: May 24, 2022

Data on Test to Stay in Virginia K-12 Schools (Updated 3/30/2022)

Total number of K-12 schools/school divisions actively distributing test kits:

  • 40 school divisions
  • 4 private schools
  • 1 independent public school 

Total number of schools/school divisions participating in testing programs (ViSSTA and TTS):

  • 25 public school divisions
  • 2 private schools 
  • 1 independent public school 

Participating schools/school divisions shown on map 

Total number of COVID-19 tests distributed to K-12 schools for TTS:


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