Richardson ISD partners with local lab to offer free COVID-19 testing for students, staff

PCR testing.
Richardson ISD is partnering with MCI Diagnostic Center to offer free PCR testing for district students and staff. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Richardson ISD is partnering with MCI Diagnostic Center to offer free PCR testing for district students and staff. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Richardson ISD will begin offering free COVID-19 testing Oct. 18 for district students and staff who are not experiencing symptoms. The testing sites will be offered at the Lake Highlands High School auditorium on Mondays and the Richardson High School auditorium on Wednesdays.

Testing hours will be 7:30-9:30 a.m. at both schools. Advanced registration for the PCR testing is required and can be completed here. Lake Highlands High is located at 9449 Church Road, Dallas. Richardson High is located at 1250 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson.

The testing is being done in partnership with MCI Diagnostic Center in Dallas, according to an Oct. 14 district news release. During the Oct. 4 RISD board of trustees meeting, RISD Director of Health Services Ashley Jones said the district partnered with MCI after the Texas Education Agency put in place a COVID-19 testing requirement for school staff members who have been identified as being exposed to the virus, even if they have been fully vaccinated.

“We've been so fortunate to work with MCI and secure a way to provide testing for our community,” Jones said, adding the testing is also open to those who have not been exposed to the virus. “If [students and staff are] asymptomatic and just want to be routinely screened, they can go as many times as they want to one of these locations on a Monday or Wednesday.”

Students or staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not go to a school for any reason, the release states. Those with symptoms can be tested at MCI’s drive-thru testing site at 9728 Greenville Ave., Dallas. An interactive map of additional available testing sites in Richardson and the surrounding area can be found at this link. Appointments are required for most COVID-19 testing sites, and information for scheduling an appointment is available on the interactive map.


The RISD testing sites will not operate on student holidays or days that school is not in session.

More information about RISD’s pandemic response and COVID-19 mitigation efforts are available here.
By William C. Wadsack

Senior Reporter, Plano/Richardson

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.



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