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Learn to Return Program begins Nov. 30

Learn to Return Program begins Nov. 30
Testing program will reduce the number of days students and employees who are identified as COVID-19 close contacts at school must quarantine

Lake Stevens School District (LSSD) is participating in the Learn to Return Program through the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to offer rapid antigen COVID-19 tests for diagnostic and screening. This program is designed to reduce the number of days students and staff who are identified as COVID-19 close contacts at school must quarantine. More information is being shared with families later today.

Testing is available for employees who were determined to be close contacts. You must wait at least five (5) days after exposure to be tested. Remember that fully-vaccinated students/employees do not need to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 unless they are symptomatic, per the DOH guidelines.

Testing will occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3 to 6 p.m. at our secondary schools—Lake Stevens Middle School, North Lake Middle School, Cavelero Mid High School and Lake Stevens High School. No appointment is necessary. The test is a self-collected nasal swab. Individuals will receive results from the test in 15 minutes. District staff, under the direction of our School Nurse & COVID Supervisor, have been trained to observe the specimen collection and results of the test.

Additional details

  • Anyone who tests positive will be sent home immediately to isolate.
    • If a student/employee can produce a negative PCR test within 48 hours of the positive antigen test and remain symptom-free, they can return to work.
    • Any student/employee who has symptoms or is a known close-contact to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home and not attend work or any other function during their quarantine period.