K-12 Testing

K-12 Testing

K-12 COVID-19 Testing

NEW INFORMATION 08/14/2021 – Extended Expiration of Antigen Test Kits

In addition to the extended expiration approval for BinaxNow antigen test kits listed below on 05/06/2021, CareStart antigen test kits also include a 12-month extension to their respective expiration dates. Each box of test kits has a printed expiration date on it. Each test kit, including all test cards, swabs, and reagent now have a TOTAL of 12 months expiration.

NEW INFORMATION 05/06/2021 – Extended Expiration of BinaxNow Test Kits

Each box of BinaxNow test kits has a printed expiration date on it.  This expiration date has been extended 6 months by Abbott Labs with FDA approval.  This extension expands upon the previous three month extension announced in March.  Each test kit, including all test cards, swabs, and reagent now have a TOTAL of 12 months expiration.  To verify the actual expiration date of your BinaxNow test kits, you may check the Lot number on the outside of each BinaxNow box (not on the individual test card) and compare it to the document below in the tab marked, “Expiration Date Extension.”  The TxRapidTest.org reporting system has the revised expiration dates and will not allow an expired kit to be scanned into the system.

**NEW INFORMATION 03/29/21– Disposal of BinaxNow Reagent Bottles

New guidance has indicated that the used or expired reagent bottles from the BinaxNow Covid-19 Rapid Antigen test should be disposed of with the used test cards as medical waste due to the presence of sodium azide.  Please ensure that all individuals conducting testing are aware of this requirement and dispose of the test cards and used/expired reagent bottles as directed in the Medical Waste Disposal document in the tab below.  Should you have any questions, please contact k-12testing@tdem.texas.gov.

BinaxNow Test Kits Stored Below 36 Degrees Fahrenheit

Of special note is new information from Abbott Labs which has indicated that any test kits which may have been exposed to temperatures below 36 degrees Fahrenheit may still be viable.  To verify this, once the kits have been thawed, conduct quality control on each box.  If the QC shows that the kits are functioning appropriately, the box may be used for testing.  If a box or boxes fails QC, please dispose of them and provide the number of kits disposed of to k-12logs@tdem.texas.gov.  Please ensure that all Test Administrators in your schools have been notified of this change to ensure that full quality control is conducted on any box that may have been stored below 36 degrees temperature.

Introductory Memo

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

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

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.

BinaxNow Distributions

BinaxNow test kits distributed to school systems, test results reported by school system, and percent reported through the TxRapidTest application.

Expiration Date Extension