Date: Monday, November 15, 2021
RE: Athlete Test-to-Play Program
Dear Parent/Guardians of athletes,
Thank you for your continued support as we kick off the 2021-2022 Winter sports season.
At Granite Falls School District, keeping your students safe is our top priority.
For the 2021-22 Winter sports season, we are adding an extra layer of protection to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our Athlete Test-to-Play Program. This program is for Middle School and High School student athletes participating in any moderate and/or high contact sports.
If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate at home for the Snohomish County Health Departments required ten days since symptoms began or if asymptomatic, ten days since the positive test, before returning to school. The student must also be without a fever for 24 hours.
Although students who are vaccinated are much less likely to spread or contract the virus, it is important for us to create an inclusive environment for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students. Therefore, it will be required that all students participate in the Test-to-Play Program.
Testing will be performed using a non-invasive nasal swab that is collected under the supervision of a school nurse or trained school official. Unlike COVID-19 tests of the past, these are not uncomfortable and are easy for students to do themselves. This is an Abbott BinaxNow rapid test, and we receive the results of this test within 15-20 minutes.
There is no charge for participating in this program. To participate, you must first sign the Granite Falls School District testing consent form for your student which can be found by clicking on this link https://forms.office.com/r/a7jJLNL3X0. To register your student for the test and be able to receive COVID-19 test results, please visit https://www.simplereport.gov/register/UN2RH. If you have additional questions regarding the program, please contact District Nurse Brittney Lundberg at 360-283-4333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is our hope that these measures will work together to keep our schools safe and your student in school and extra-curricular activities. Thanks again for your support during this challenging time.
Dr. Josh Middleton