Austin ISD ‘at the front of the line’ for rapid COVID-19 tests

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Independent School District is preparing to rapidly test students and staff for COVID-19.

The district tweeted it is now “at the front of the line” for rapid testing. AISD hopes to have those COVID-19 tests on hand as early as next week.

The district said it would get a new supply of tests every month. The tests are being made available through the Texas Education Agency and Texas Emergency Management.

AISD reminded people that it can’t force them to get tested. But all students and staff showing COVID-19 symptoms and those who may have had close contact with a confirmed positive will be eligible.

Austin ISD said it doesn’t have an exact date for when testing will start, but it hopes to roll it out in the next couple of weeks.

Less than two weeks ago, the state announced the launch of a new pilot program to send rapid COVID-19 tests to Texas schools. The Lampasas and Granger Independent School Districts are two Central Texas systems part of the pilot.

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