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Rapid Test Program

OVERVIEW OF TESTING
Brownsville ISD is among a group of Texas school districts that submitted an opt-in application to the Texas Education Agency through Gov. Greg Abbott’s Office to conduct mass COVID-19 rapid testing of its employees and students.

  • The district will receive a monthly allocation of about 16,000 COVID-19 rapid tests called BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card.
  • It is an antigen test, which is designed to detect proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19.
  • Positive results from these rapid tests are highly accurate and can help limit the spread of COVID-19 among families and communities.
  • The monthly allocation is based upon availability of tests provided by our federal partners and the participation rate of school systems

WHAT IS THE TEST?
Brownsville ISD is among a group of Texas school districts that submitted an opt-in application to the Texas Education Agency through Gov. Greg Abbott’s Office to conduct mass COVID-19 rapid testing of its employees and students.

  • If your child is symptomatic or part of a group that is designated for testing, if you choose and consent, your child will receive a free BinaxNOW rapid test for the COVID-19 virus.
  • Collecting a specimen for testing involves using a swab, similar to a Q-Tip, placed inside the tip of the nose.
  • A school staff member who has been trained to use this test will collect the specimen and a trained COVID-19 test administrator will oversee the process.
  • Test results will be made available to the parent/guardian who signed the consent form below. The results will be sent by text message and e-mail within 24 hours of administering the test.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I RECIVE MY CHILD'S TEST RESULT?

  • If your child tests positive for the virus, your child will be moved to a room away from other students and staff until you can pick him/her up.
  • We ask that you keep your child home until the infection period has ended (typically, after symptoms improve and at least 10 days from the date symptoms first appear) and your child is no longer contagious. A doctor’s release must be provided.
  • If your child’s test results are negative, your child may continue to attend school without interruption.
  • If your child tests negative, but has symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have concerns about your child’s exposure to COVID-19, you should call your child’s doctor, a licensed medical authority, or your local health department.