Carson City School District Outlines Plan for COVID-19 Testing

Courtesy: Carson City School District

In accordance with the State of Nevada Emergency Declaration 048, COVID-19 testing will be required for unvaccinated students, staff and volunteers participating in activities that involve travelling to schools outside of their county. Testing will also be required for all unvaccinated participants in NIAA sponsored full-contact and close-contact sports.

The Carson City School District will implement a weekly scheduled COVID-19 testing program for students and staff or volunteers, including but not limited to coaches, leaders and advisors, who are not fully vaccinated and who are involved in travelling to other schools or venues outside of the county for athletics and activities such as games, tournaments, competitions, concerts, meets or similar events. Testing for these program participants will be offered on a scheduled basis at Carson High School. No test will be performed during school hours for school travel or athletics programs. The calendar of testing dates and times will be published separately.

Testing for students and staff who become symptomatic during the school day or have been identified through contact tracing as a close contact of a confirmed positive COVID case will continue to be available during the 2021-22 school year. School nurses will continue to administer this mitigation strategy as part of a multi-layered approach to controlling the spread of COVID-19. School health offices are supplied with Abbott BinaxNow COVID-19 test kits. School nurses will test students and/or staff in accordance with the district’s outbreak response plan and as deemed appropriate to identify potential cases in schools and take the steps necessary to isolate positive cases.

Random screening of unvaccinated persons is not currently anticipated in the testing program but may be introduced if necessary to keep schools open.

Questions regarding COVID-19 testing may be directed to Safety Services at 775-283-2006.

(Carson City School District contributed to this report.)