BinaxNow Antigen Test

BinaxNow Antigen Test
Posted on 11/18/2020
BinaxNow Antigen TestBeginning November 30th, the BinaxNow Antigen test that detects the presence of SARS-CoVs, the virus that causes the COVID-19 infection, will be available to Clinton School District students and staff. The State of Missouri and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has provided these test kits to the school district free of charge. To begin the testing process, parents should be aware of the following guidelines:

*This is a voluntary test that is only available to employees and students of the Clinton School District.

*The test will only be administered to individuals who are symptomatic and exhibiting at least two symptoms (fever of 100.4 or greater, chills, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, sore throat, headache, and muscle/body aches) or one high risk symptom (new cough, difficulty breathing or new loss of taste or smell).

*Our school nurses are required to maintain documentation for each administration of the test. School nurses will be in contact with the parent or legal guardian before a test is given.

*Students under the age of 18 must have a permission form signed by the parent or legal guardian each time a test is given. (The permission form can be found here.)

*Employees and students ages 18 and older may self-refer and sign all necessary paperwork on their own.

*All test results will be conveyed to the Henry County Health Center after results have been shared with the parents of the student, the adult student, or the employee being tested.

*The district does not intend for these tests to replace the medical professionals in our community who have the ability to administer COVID-19 tests. The district prefers for staff and students to first contact their healthcare provider when experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. The tests from the school should only be used when someone is unable to get a test scheduled through their health care provider.

*The test itself will be administered by school nurses who have been trained on the administration of the tests. Test results are available within 15 minutes.

*The test includes a nasal swab, but it is not inserted more than 1 inch into each nostril and only takes a few seconds.

*The student or staff member may be sent home and will be called with results, or they will wait for results with the school nurse.

*In order to be tested at school, the parent or employee will need to contact the school nurse at the school that your child attends or the school where you are employed to make an appointment. You may also contact the district nurse, Julie Balke, to schedule an appointment. Because of the guidelines involved in the testing, tests will only be administered within a specific time period during the school day.

*After being tested, students or staff may still be sent home until symptoms improve. The district is working closely with Henry County Health Center (HCHC) and local healthcare providers to provide follow up to the tests that are administered at the school.

We believe that offering this testing at the school will help the HCHC and local healthcare providers to provide care and information more quickly during times of high volumes of testing at local test centers.
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