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Test and Stay policy on COVID begins in La Crosse schools

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A new testing policy is in effect now for the La Crosse School District, aimed at keeping students in class during the pandemic.

The ‘Test and Stay” program began Wednesday, providing tests to unvaccinated students who may have COVID symptoms or a close contact.

If the tests come out negative, a student does not have to be quarantined at home and can keep attending class.

The district says Test and Stay was a reaction to the previous practice of putting an entire classroom under quarantine if one student was found to have COVID.

An exception is being made for students in sports programs, where some quarantines will be required for athletes exposed to COVID, with options to return based on test results.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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