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Dear Royal ISD Staff and Parents,

In Royal ISD, we are committed to doing all we can to keep staff and students healthy and safe. With this goal in mind, we are pleased to share that we will be taking part in a statewide program offering rapid tests for use in schools. This program will allow Royal ISD to test both symptomatic and asymptomatic for staff and students-- and reduce the risk to our school community. This email offers further information on the tests and the testing program. If you have additional questions, please visit the COVID Testing FAQs Page.

What COVID-19 tests are used in this program?

This program uses BinaxNOW tests, which provide results in 15 minutes and are administered using a nasal swab in the front area of the nostril. These tests have been shown to be highly accurate, with accuracy rates of 97-98% for symptomatic individuals.

Who will be tested and when?

Royal ISD, we will be offering these tests to staff working on campus and face to face student only. These tests are optional, but we encourage any RISD individual who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to test.

How will the information from the tests be used?

If a parent/guardian has given permission for Royal ISD to administer the BinaxNOW test for their child, your child’s school nurse will call you to let you know that your student is experiencing symptoms and that they will be administering a BinaxNOW test. The test administrator will also call to share the results after the test has been administered. Additionally, the student’s parent or guardian will receive test results via text within 45 minutes and will also receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.

The results will also be shared with the school/district and with the local health department to allow for public health reporting and contact tracing and to determine the stay-at-home period for individuals who test positive. Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will also be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services as is required by law.

What happens next?

Tests are available to all students who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. To participate, parents must complete this form. The first date testing will be available is 12/02/20. Only face to face learning students and staff of RISD are eligible for testing.

If your face to face learning child or staff and are experiencing symptoms and you would like for him/ her to be tested, please do NOT send him/her to campus. Instead contact your campus nurse and arrange for a scheduled time for a drive through test.

Royal ISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in providing education services, activities, and programs including vocational programs, in accordance with the Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

Your partner in learning,

Royal ISD