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Daviess Co. school districts implementing plan to keep students, staff in school

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 8:55 AM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro Catholic Schools and Daviess County Public Schools have introduced a new “Test to Stay” plan that will help keep students and staff in school.

Officials say the plan will allow students and staff who are identified as close contacts of a positive case to stay in school through daily COVID-19 testing as long as the results are negative.

“The state allowed with the last legislative session a lot of freedoms and a lot of resources surrounding how we could keep more kids in school more of the time,” Dr. Matthew Constant said, superintendent of Owensboro Public Schools.

The districts will be partnering with Ethos Lab out of Newport, Kentucky to provide the service.

“We have worked together with the Catholic Schools and Daviess County Public Schools to really act in tandem on this,” Constant said. “We want everyone in the community to understand all the procedures related to Ethos labs, so we’ve all partnered on this as we have done with other efforts throughout this COVID-19 period.”

While the main objective is to provide students with more effective learning, staff will also benefit from this new plan.

“It should give confidence to our teachers who can participate in this Test to Stay model,” Constant added. “That allows them to stay and teach, assist kids or stay and drive a bus. Those are the functions that really can close down schools if we can’t deliver our key services.”

Full details are listed in our full COVID-19 Protocol Plan that can be found HERE.

Parents can sign their children up for the “Test to Stay” plan HERE.

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