Rapid Antigen Testing

Rapid Antigen Testing

Rapid COVID-19 tests are now available for use with our Grain Valley students and employees who become symptomatic while at school.

We use the Abbott BinaxNow rapid antigen tests offered by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Results from these tests are available in 15 minutes, which could help students and teachers return to the classroom much sooner. This particular test is a minimally invasive nasal swab that will be administered by a school district registered nurse or LPN who has received specialized training.

When a parent or guardian is contacted by a school health official that their child is symptomatic at school and needs to be picked up per our safety protocols, these families have the option of signing a permission form for the rapid antigen test. A negative result means the child can return to school once they are experiencing improvement with their symptoms, and are fever-free for 24 hours if experiencing a fever.

A positive test result means the child may return to school when 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms, and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and any respiratory symptoms (if any) have improved. These are the same protocols we have followed since school started in September.

Employees of the school also must give consent before they are tested.

The use of these tests is optional. The school district will honor results from any qualified test to determine a reentry date for a student or employee who has been symptomatic at school.

Testing administered by the school district is solely for students and employees who become symptomatic at school/work and is not otherwise available for our students, employees, or the general public.

All test results will be reported to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services within 24 hours of the test being administered.

COVID testing at school is not available during summer school.
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