What COVID-19 tests are used in this program?
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.
Who will be tested and when?
Academy of Dallas will be offering these tests to staff working on campus on a MONTHLY basis. These tests are optional, but we encourage all staff who work on campus to participate in the testing program.
Additionally, Academy of Dallas will test any individual who is experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
How will the information from the tests be used?
If a parent has given permission for Academy of Dallas to administer the BinaxNOW test for their child, your child’s school will call you to let you know that your student is experiencing symptoms and that they will be administering a BinaxNOW test. The test administrator will also call to share the results after the test has been administered. Additionally, the scholar’s parent or guardian will receive test results via text within 15 minutes and will also receive a confirmation email within 24 hours.
The results will also, be shared with the school/district and 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 Texas Department of State Health Services as is required by law.
What happens next?
Tests are available to all scholars who are showing symptoms of COVID-19. To participate, parents must complete a consent form to test. The first date testing will be available is November 19, 2020.
If your child is experiencing symptoms and you would like for him/ her to be tested, please do NOT send him/her to campus.
Thank you for your support.
Shaunaisea Henderson, Ed. D.