AUSTIN, Texas - IDEA Public Schools is now offering rapid COVID testing to staff members at all campuses in Austin. Staff members can test twice per month and each school will determine what days and times they will offer testing.
The rapid COVID tests first began at select schools for a trial program a few weeks ago, according to the school district. "Given the success that these select campuses had, IDEA has made the decision to roll out rapid testing at all campuses," the district announced in a press release.
Students are able to receive testing at the campus if they are attending in-person learning and are experiencing symptoms.
View of corona test tubes at a testing location on September 22, 2020 in Utrecht, Netherlands. There is a shortage of test capacity in the country, so teachers and medical personnel have priority in testing. (Photo by Niels Wenstedt/BSR Agency/Getty
"To date, we have conducted over 5,000 rapid COVID tests throughout all of our schools in the district," says Irma Munoz, Chief Operating Officer for IDEA Public Schools. "Our testing site administrators have done a phenomenal job implementing this program safely and we are excited to launch this at every campus for the Spring semester."