FCPS GUIDELINE UPDATES
FCPS will now accept negative results from COVID-19 Home Test Kits in order for symptomatic individuals to return to school before the standard 5 day isolation time.
Based on FDA guidance, accepting negative COVID-19 Home Test Kit results is different from Rapid Antigen or PCR test requirements. Acceptance of negative test results from COVID-19 Home Test Kits to return to school will require two negative test results at least 24 hours apart, per FDA guidance. Many home test kits include two tests per kit.
In yesterday's message, we shared this guidance is for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. This guidance is not for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. This guidance is for symptomatic individuals who are testing in order to return to school before the standard 5 day isolation time.
If parents/guardians use a COVID-19 Home Test Kit and their child tests negative, they must test their child again with a second test no sooner than 24 hours after the first test. If the second test is also negative, their child may return to school as long as they have been fever- free for at least 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication. The parent must provide the completed and signed COVID-19 Home Tests Results Form to school health staff in order for the child to return prior to the standard isolation time.
*Parents/guardians still have the option to seek a Rapid Antigen or PCR test from FCHD, FHH, a pharmacy, or a health care provider rather than using a COVID-19 Home Test Kit.