COVID-19 Rapid Testing

COVID-19 Rapid Testing


In our continuous effort to keep students healthy and safe, Aransas Pass ISD is pleased to share that we are taking part in a statewide program offering rapid COVID-19 tests for use in schools. This program allows APISD to test symptomatic students and staff, giving our district the ability to quickly identify and isolate positive individuals before they can transmit the virus to others;  reducing the risk of spread in our schools and to our community. The information below gives more specifics on the tests and the testing program. If you have additional questions, please contact:

     Director of Health Services Sally McCutchan, RN   361-776-2739  smccutchan@apisd.org 
  OR    
Assistant Superintendent Wayne Bennett  361-758-4203 wbennett@apisd.org

WHO can be tested?

COVID-19 testing is available for APISD students and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. These tests are optional, but we encourage parents to let their APISD student participate in the testing program as needed.

  • Rapid COVID-19 testing for symptomatic staff and students
    • APHS students 18 years old or older do not need a parent permission form signed.
    • APHS students in grades 9-12 and less than the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian permission form signed before testing can be performed.
    • Students in grades PK – 8 MUST have a parent permission form signed AND be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the testing location.
    • Symptomatic APISD staff.

STUDENTS

  • STEP 1
    • If your student is experiencing symptoms, keep your child home and contact your campus nurse.
  • STEP 2
    •  Complete the online COVID TESTING CONSENT FORM CLICK HERE. (THIS STEP MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE TESTING).
  • STEP 3
    •  Pre-register at register.txrapidtest.org (THIS STEP MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE TESTING)A QR code will be assigned. Save the assigned QR scan code to your phone or take a screenshot of it. The nurse will scan the assigned code at the testing site.
  • STEP 4
    •  A school nurse will contact you to schedule an appointment.
      • If your child is in grades PK-8, you MUST accompany them to the testing site.
      • Testing appointment times are approximate depending on any cleaning that might take place between test administration.

School nurses will be conducting testing Monday through Friday (school days only) by appointment only. Tests will be conducted at the KIEBERGER campus, located at 748 Goodnight Ave, Aransas Pass, Texas, in room 1. Please enter at the middle entrance (cafeteria entrance).

STAFF

  • STEP 1
    • If you are experiencing symptoms, stay home and contact Sally McCutchan.
  • STEP 2
    •  Complete the online COVID TESTING CONSENT FORM CLICK HERE.(THIS STEP MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE TESTING).
  • STEP 3
    •  Pre-register at register.txrapidtest.org (THIS STEP MUST BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE TESTING)A QR code will be assigned. Save the assigned QR scan code to your phone or take a screenshot of it. The nurse will scan the assigned code at the testing site.
  • STEP 4
    •  Sally McCutchan will contact you to schedule an appointment.
      • Testing appointment times are approximate depending on any cleaning that might take place between tests administration.

How will the information from the tests be used?


If a parent has given permission for ARANSAS PASS ISD to administer the BinaxNOW test for their child, the test administrator will text or email to share the results.  All results will be confidently shared (using no names) with the school/district and with the local health department to allow for public health reporting.  

  • Individuals who test positive must stay home 10 days from 2 days prior to the positive test date AND 

  • Symptoms have resolved AND 

  • Fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.  

Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will also be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services and with the Texas Education Agency as is required by law. Notifications will be sent out to the classroom of COVID-19 positive individuals if in grades PK – 5. Notifications will be sent out to the campus of a COVID-19 positive individual if in grades 6 – 12.

Also, any extracurricular group a COVID-19 positive individual is a part of will be notified by that program’s sponsor/coach.

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