• January 15, 2021
 Socorro ISD providing COVID-19 rapid testing for employees, students

The BinaxNOW COVID test is self-administered, but closely monitored and facilitated by district administrators and staff members who are certified to assist with the testing process. | Photo courtesy SISD

Socorro ISD providing COVID-19 rapid testing for employees, students

The Socorro Independent School District is providing COVID-19 rapid testing to employees and students as part of the district’s continuous work to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in the community.

“We have been taking many proactive measures to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus,” said Assistant Superintendent of Administrative Services Marivel Macias. “We are happy to be able to provide the rapid COVID test to provide another important facet in our overall safety procedures. Thanks to the support of the TEA and state health department, it allows us another way to enhance our efforts to protect students and staff.”

Team SISD is making the COVID Abbott Binax Rapid Test (BinaxNOW) available to employees and students who are participating in on-campus activities within SISD and who voluntarily choose to take the test, which gives results in about 15 minutes.

The Texas Education Agency has provided the rapid COVID-19 tests to Team SISD in partnership and with guidance from the Texas Department of Emergency Management and the Department of State Health Services.

The BinaxNOW COVID test is self-administered, but closely monitored and facilitated by district administrators and staff members who are certified to assist with the testing process.

“We are working diligently on our implementation plans at campuses and facilities in the district,” said Ismael Castro, Ed.D., SISD Emergency Management Coordinator. “Our priority is to keep everyone safe whether you are a test administrator or getting tested. We are providing the test in the safest possible way.”

SISD has been conducting multiple trainings for district administrators and staff who are going through the process to be test facilitators, which includes an online course, exam and participating in the self-administered testing procedure.

Facilitators are using personal protective equipment when testing and following carefully planned steps to ensure a safe and efficient rapid test administration site.

“This is a safe and secure process that I am glad we can provide for our colleagues and students,” said SISD technology systems and development coordinator Elizabeth Rios, who trained to be a test facilitator. “Going through the training made me feel comfortable about the process. I think it is a good thing to help our schools and district stay ahead of the community spread and help eliminate the potential of people walking blindly if they have the virus.”

The rapid COVID tests are being provided at specific times and dates at schools and district facilities.

Principals and district administration will be providing more information to employees and students about the availability of the tests at schools and facilities.

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