Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19
At Angleton ISD, we are committed to doing all we can to keep students and staff healthy and safe. With this goal in mind, we are working with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to provide COVID-19 rapid testing for our employees and students (with parent permission).
What COVID-19 tests are used in this program?
This program uses BinaxNOW tests, which provide results in 15 minutes and are administered using a nasal swab in the front area of the nostril. These tests have been shown to be highly accurate, with accuracy rates of 97-98% for symptomatic individuals.
Who will be tested and when?
- The tests will be given to symptomatic students with parent permission, and it will be given to symptomatic employees who do not have insurance or access to medical testing otherwise. (The district will not test others in the household who are not current AISD students or staff.)
- Employees will need to continue to contact Human Resources about COVID-19 issues, including COVID-19 testing.
- The district’s nurses will administer the tests. It is important that the tests are administered properly to ensure accurate results.
- We will not administer tests to asymptomatic students or employees due to concerns over reliability.
How will the information from the tests be used?
Parents have to give permission for AISD to administer the BinaxNOW test for their child. The student’s campus nurse will call the parent to let him/her know that the student is experiencing symptoms and that the nurse would like to administer a BinaxNOW test. The nurse will ask the parent to come to the campus to complete the consent form, and the nurse will share the results with the parent after the test has been administered.
The results will also be shared with the school/district and with the local health department to allow for public health reporting and contact tracing and to determine the quarantine period for individuals who test positive. Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will also be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services as is required by law.
We ask parents not to send their child to school for testing if he/she is experiencing symptoms at home. We will still offer the rapid test, but we ask parents to call the school to schedule a test for their child to be administered at a safe location that is away from others in the school.
The district will accept the results from FDA approved rapid antigen tests that parents choose to have done separate from the district’s testing if the student is symptomatic.
If parents have questions, they need to contact their child’s campus nurse. Employees should contact their principal or supervisor with questions.