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Central New York schools face challenges in test-to-stay program

Implementation of a key program to keeps kids in the classroom is lagging behind in Central New York. The test-to-stay program involves rapid testing for COVID-19 to quickly clear unvaccinated students to return to school after exposure to the virus.

District leaders say the state’s program isn’t easy to put in place with its many requirements, according to CNY Central.


“A close contact exposure must happen while at school or on a school bus, so it immediately takes away any close contacts outside of school and outside of the buses they do not qualify to stay in school testing three days a week over a five-day period,” said Central Square School District Superintendent Thomas Colabufo.

Central Sqaure district applied to be part of the program, but Colabufo says they will still have to decide if the program is doable for the district.


“If our numbers can stay manageable like they are right now, and we are able to keep getting all the tests that we have, then we would be in good shape,” said Colabufo.

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