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
- Testing Support Guide
- Best Practices for Schools
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Test Coordinator Responsibilities
- Test Administrator Responsibilities
- K-12 Quick Guide
- Visual Testing Process
- December Allocation Methodology
- K-12 December Test Allocations
- Standing Delegation Order
- QR Code Flyer
- Medical Waste Disposal
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.