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FAQ for COVID 19 

Update 1.19.2022

What is Test to Stay and why is CCSD using that option?

Test to Stay allows students and teachers that have been identified as a close contact to stay at school as long as they are asymptomatic and will wear a mask through day 10. They must also have a negative test result between day 5-7 to continue in person. If they do not test then they will need to stay home through day 10 and return on day 11.


Can close contacts stay out for 5 days instead of TTS?

CCSD is encouraging all asymptomatic students and staff to TTS. The 5 day quarantine is an option if the parent chooses. The child must test on day 5 to return on day 6.


I am fully vaccinated. Do I need to Test to Stay?

It is not required for fully vaccinated asymptomatic individuals to test on day 5-7. DHEC does recommend that you test.

  • If you are under 18 yrs old then you must show proof of vaccination with 2 covid vaccines given 14 days ago to be fully vaccinated.
  • 18 yrs old and up need to have a booster at least 6 months after the 2nd dose for Pfizer and Moderna. Booster must be given 2 months after J&J 2nd dose. *You must have gotten a booster at least 24 hours prior to exposure.


I have had covid within the last 90 days. Do I need to Test to Stay?

If you have proof of a lab confirmed positive test within the last 90 days then you will not and should not test to stay. It is likely that you will test positive for the next few months even though you are no longer considered contagious after day 10.


Will you accept a home test result?

CCSD is not accepting home test results at this time. We have testing sites 6 days a week throughout the district.


I have a positive antibody test? Do I need to TTS?

Yes, close contacts will be required to test on day 5-7 and must wear a mask through day 10.

When does a positive case return to school?

The positive person must isolate for 5 days at home from the onset of their symptoms. They may return on day 6 if their symptoms have improved and they have been fever free for 24 hours. They must wear a mask on day 6-10. 

If symptoms are persistent or worsening then they must remain out through day 10 and return on day 11.

What if the positive case cannot be isolated from other household members? 

If the positive case cannot isolate then the close contact needs to remain at home until the positive case has completed 5 days of isolation. The close contact would need to be tested on day 5 and may return on day 6. The household contact does not need to quarantine an additional 5 days. They may return on the positive cases 6th day as long as the close contact remains asymptomatic.


What happens if the close contact is symptomatic?

Symptomatic close contacts do not qualify for TTS. They must get a test as soon as possible. 

  • If positive- report test to school
  • If negative- stay home and get tested on day 5. If negative on day 5 then they may return to school on day 6 if symptoms have improved.
  • Follow DHEC exclusion list

What do we do for a classroom cluster?

The new rule is 20% of class tests positive within a 24 hour period

  • Isolate the positive students and identify their true close contacts
  • Get the room fogged and cleaned overnight
  • Asymptomatic close contacts and classmates that were not true close contacts may all get tested and return the next day with a negative test. They will need to retest on day 5-7 to continue to stay.

What if there is a positive on my sports team?

Isolate the positive and determine who is a close contact.

  • Asymptomatic close contacts and other team members may get a negative test and return the next day. They will need to retest one more time between day 5-7 to continue to stay at school. Masks must be worn through day 10 at school and sport.


My child just has a cold and a sore throat. Can they come to school?

School nurses will follow the DHEC Exclusion List. The child/staff will be excluded if they meet the criteria listed below. They may test on day 5 and return on day 6 if their symptoms have improved. They may also return if they have a doctor's note with alternate diagnosis (ie. asthma).


COVID-19 symptoms include any of the following:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New or worsening cough
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fever of at least 100.4


Or any two or more of the following symptoms:

  • New onset of severe headache
  • Fatigue
  • Persistent or worsening sore throat
  • Congestion or rhinorrhea
  • Myalgia
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

I went to a CCSD test site and I still don’t have my results.

Rapid test results should be sent via text by the end of day and hopefully within a few hours. Please give 24 hours before calling the nurse.

PCR tests are taking over 5-7 days for results due to labs being overwhelmed by sheer volume in our community.


I still haven’t heard from Nursing Services about my case. 

Please be patient. We are receiving hundreds of cases each day and are working around the clock to provide further guidance.

Individuals with mask waivers must wear their mask through day 10. If they choose not to wear the mask, they will need to stay home through day 10 and return on day 11. No testing is required to return


If a student is unable to wear a mask due to physical limitations or younger than 2 years old they will need to stay home through day 10 and return on day 11. No testing is required to return.