MISSOURI (KCTV) -- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is embracing a new policy designed to allow more students to stay in the classroom despite being exposed to COVID-19.

The "Test To Stay" policy was created by state education and health officials, and allows students exposed to COVID to stay out of quarantine under certain conditions. Those conditions include:

  • not being exposed by a person in their household.
  • testing negative a minimum of three times in seven days.
  • the students wearing a mask over the 14-day quarantine period.
  • the student not showing any symptoms.

Under the policy, students could be asked to quarantine at home outside of school hours, while still attending classes in-person.

State health and education officials say this is a way to focus on education while minimizing safety issues.

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