Collinsville Community Unit School District 10 has been given an opportunity to provide free COVID-19 Rapid Point-Of-Care Antigen Testing testing to students and staff in our district. Beginning the second semester of the 2020-21 school year, the tests will be available to symptomatic individuals at school.
BiNaxNow is approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) as a quick nasal swab test designed to give our trained health staff results within fifteen (15) minutes. Our tests will be administered by school nurses and athletic training staff who have been specially trained.
Additional information can be found on the Illinois Department of Health website.
This free COVID-19 testing option would only be used when a student is symptomatic at school or has symptoms when completing the self-certification health check.
The potential benefits of the POC antigen test in schools include:
- Rapid confirmation of suspected COVID-19
- Helping your child’s healthcare provider make a timely informed decision about your child’s plan of care
- Assisting for an expedited and safe return to the classroom for students
- Help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in school and community
To allow children to be eligible to receive a test at school, parents need to submit a signed pre-authorized consent form to allow children to be tested if they exhibit symptoms during the school day.
If you have any questions or need any assistance completing the Parent/Guardian Authorization and Consent for COVID-19 Testing parent/guardian permission form, please contact your child(ren’s) school.
The Collinsville CUSD 10 plan for Rapid Point-Of-Care (POC) Testing for COVID-19 includes an initial “pilot school” roll-out at Kreitner Elementary School during the second academic semester. The District is hopeful to expand antigen testing in schools throughout the district in a phased approach.
Click the image below to view a presentation produced by our CUSD 10 Health Staff: