In SINTON 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 are taking part in a statewide program offering rapid COVID-19 tests for use in schools. This program will allow SINTON ISD to test symptomatic students and staff, thus reducing the risk to our community. The information below offers further information on the tests and the testing program. If you have additional questions, please contact our District Nurse, Lori Soliz RN, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What 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 (not the deep nasal swab). These tests have been shown to be highly accurate, with accuracy rates of 97-98% for symptomatic individuals.
Who will be tested and when?
In this phase, Covid-19 testing is available for students and Sinton ISD staff experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. These tests are optional, but we encourage parents to let their Sinton ISD student participate in the testing program as needed. Once they have started experiencing symptoms please follow these steps:
If your student is experiencing symptoms, they will need to stay home, just as always and let your child’s campus know.
Complete our online Testing Request Form by Clicking Here. (This Step must be completed in order to receive Testing!)
Pre register here register.txrapidtest.org. A QR scan code will be assigned; simply save the assigned QR scan code to your phone or take a screenshot of it. The nurse will scan your child’s assigned code when testing.
A nurse will contact you to schedule an appointment or your child may be tested on campus before going home, if he/she is symptomatic at school.
All Welder or Sinton Elementary students must be accompanied by their Parent or Guardian. Understand, appointment time scheduled, will be approximate depending on the cleaning of the testing room after each test.
School nurses will be conducting testing Monday through Friday (school days only) by appointment only. Tests will be conducted at the Lamar campus teachers’ lounge behind the front Special Education office, located at 800 S. San Patricio, Sinton, Tx 78387.
How will the information from the tests be used?
If a parent has given permission for SINTON ISD to administer the BinaxNOW test for their child, the test administrator will call to share the results. All results will be confidently shared (using no names) with the school/district and with the local health department to allow for public health reporting. Individuals who test positive must stay home 10 days from onset of symptoms AND symptoms have resolved AND are fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medicaton. Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will also be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services and with the Texas Education Agency as is required by law.
What happens next?
Tests are available to any SISD students and staff, showing symptoms of COVID-19. A nurse will call parent from the testing request forms received, to schedule after school appointments. NO WALK-INS.
We ask that parents pre-register for a QR scan code in link : register.txrapidtest.org before arriving to testing site, as this will expediate the testing process.
Self monitor your child daily, before sending them to school.
If your child is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19, please do NOT send him/her to school.