Richardson ISD launches rapid COVID-19 testing program

Students and staff who show symptoms while at school will be able to get tested for the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Students and staff who show symptoms while at school will be able to get tested for the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Students and staff who show symptoms while at school will be able to get tested for the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Richardson ISD is now offering free rapid COVID-19 tests to symptomatic students and staff members.

The district announced Nov. 3 it would receive thousands of rapid antigen tests from the Texas Education Agency. The tests have a 97.1% true positive rate and 98.5% true negative rate, Payne said at the Nov. 3 board meeting. In other words, a negative result does not ensure absence of the virus, she added.

Even if a person tests negative, they will still be asked to quarantine in case they later test positive.

“Because of the accuracy rate [of the test] and how this antigen test works, it's really seeking those positive symptoms in an individual,” Payne said.

Parents must fill out consent forms for each of their students if they wish to opt-in to this program. The consent form can be completed online here.


For more information, visit RISD’s informational page.
By Makenzie Plusnick
Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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