La Crosse School District test and stay program on hold because of test shortages

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — A shortage of antigen/rapid tests has forced the La Crosse School District and others statewide to adjust policies related to pandemic testing and school attendance.

“For the time being, students will no longer be required to show evidence of a negative test if a close contact at school or in the community,” according to a notice the district sent to staff and parents Monday evening.

“Community-based school contacts can return on day 6 if asymptomatic,” the notice says.
Antigen/rapid testing will not be available for an undetermined time at the Hogan Administration Building testing site or at school buildings for test-and-stay purposes, the notice says. PCR tests still will be available at the Hogan testing site.

The notice is the result of a directive from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that the testing vendor won’t have access to tests because of the recent surge in COVID cases and testing supply shortages.

In addition, the district notice says, “Unvaccinated students who are a household close contact will need to show evidence of a negative test on or after day 5 of the last exposure in order to return to school early from a quarantine.

Students who have experienced symptoms will need a lab-confirmed negative test to be allowed to return to school.

“At-home tests will not be allowed at this time,” the district notice says.

Recent News Headlines from News 8 Now  
Police identify La Crosse man killed in shooting
La Crosse political party leaders react to Ron Johnson’s third senatorial bid
Traffic deaths on the rise both in the La Crosse area and statewide 
School threat reporting: West Salem school leaders embrace responsibility toward school safety