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Rapid COVID-19 tests available in Palm Beach County schools today

Rapid tests that can detect COVID-19 within 15 minutes are now available in Palm Beach County schools, according to officials.

On Tuesday,  Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy had said the BinaxNOW rapid antigen test will be available in schools starting Monday Nov. 30th.

After a slight delay, 12,000 tests are available today and can be administered by school nurses, with parental permission, to students who develop flu-like symptoms while in school. Click here for the consent form.

The BinaxNOW test is a FDA approved test that is reportedly more than 80% accurate.

Officials say the tests will only be used to test students who have symptoms of COVID-19.

School nurses were trained on how to administer these 15-minute rapid antigen tests to students and staff who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

“It’s a two-step process, the form then there’ll be a verbal consent,” Fennoy said.

Meaning families will get a phone call from their child’s school requesting permission to administer a rapid test.

For students pre-K through second grade, a parent or guardian must be present during testing.

Meanwhile, Fennoy hopes these tests will be just one more layer to keeping our students safe.