GISD TO OFFER COVID-19 RAPID TESTING PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF
December 21, 2020
Granbury ISD will be offering a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for students and staff when the second semester begins in January 2021.
“In GISD, we are committed to doing all we can to keep staff and students healthy and safe,” commented superintendent Dr. Jeremy Glenn. “This statewide program will allow GISD to test symptomatic individuals and reduce the risk to our school community.”
This program uses BinaxNOW tests, which provide results in 15 minutes and are administered using a nasal swab in the front area of the nostril. These tests have been shown to be highly accurate, with accuracy rates of 97-98% for symptomatic individuals.
Testing participation is optional for both GISD students and employees.
Parents or guardians must submit a signed permission form allowing school nurses to administer the test to students. Nurses will call parents if their student is experiencing symptoms and before administering a test and then call again to share test results. The parent or guardian will receive test results via text within twenty minutes and a confirmation email within 24 hours.
Results will be shared with the local health department to allow for public health reporting and contact tracing and to determine the stay-at-home period for individuals who test positive. Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will also be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services as is required by law.