While the state is moving slowly on the so-called “test to stay” program, some school districts are moving ahead with it. Test to stay is when unvaccinated students who have been exposed to COVID-19 are given the option to take rapid daily tests, and if they’re negative, allowed to remain in school.
NY State of Politics reports one such district is Grand Island in western New York. Several in Monroe County are also rolling out test to stay. School officials are giving the policy early good reviews. County officials in Monroe and Erie Counties say they’re keeping an eye on the program to see how well it works.
Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza said the best policy is still for students to get vaccinated.