K-12 Testing

K-12 Testing

K-12 COVID-19 Testing

As part of the Nation’s Coronavirus Testing Strategy, the United States Health and Human Services Department has distributed 150 million of the Abbott BinaxNow rapid test kits. The state of Texas has begun receiving its weekly allotment of these tests for utilization in settings that need rapid, low-tech testing. The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in coordination with the Texas Education Agency (TEA), has been directed to ensure the effective distribution of these kits to Texas school systems to further this national effort. As a part of this project, school systems are provided with delivery of the Abbott BinaxNow test kits, personal protective equipment, product training, and support to refill supplies as available. Independent School Districts and Private Schools which opt into this program will be required to report all test results; positive, negative or inconclusive; as required by law.

You may find additional information related to the K-12 COVID-19 Testing Program on TEA’s website at: https://tea.texas.gov/texas-schools/health-safety-discipline/covid/covid-19-support-public-health-orders.

Introductory Memo

The memo provides background on the purpose of the K-12 COVID-19 Testing Project.

Testing Support Guide

The purpose of this guide is to ensure the efficient management of allocation, distribution, and tracking of available COVID-19 BinaxNow tests in the state of Texas.

Best Practices for Schools

The best practices guide is provided to give district/private school administrators, test coordinators and test administrators practical recommendations on the conduct of the BinaxNow testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a guide for frequently asked questions.

Test Coordinator Responsibilities

Test Coordinators also have a list of responsibilities that need to followed both prior-to and post COVID testing. Follow the link below to learn more.

Test Administrator Responsibilities

Test Administrators have a list of responsibilities that need to be completed both prior-to and post COVID testing. Follow the link below to learn more.

Texas School Testing Quick Guide

This document provides a brief summary of the testing process for test coordinators and test administrators.

Visual Testing Process

A Quick Visual Reference Guide for Test Administrators

Initial Test Allocation Methodology

How the initial test allocations for school systems were determined

K-12 Initial Test Allocations

Initial test allocations to school systems based upon the initial test allocation methodology

Standing Delegation Order

Physician’s Standing Delegation Order for Testing

QR Code Flyer

Make your personal QR Test Code

Medical Waste Disposal

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality guidance for disposal of medical waste.