COVID-19 Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Testing
The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE), in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), are offering free asymptomatic and symptomatic COVID-19 testing at your child’s school as part of our efforts to address the coronavirus pandemic in our state.
Testing is available to all students and staff at your child’s school for the 2021-22 school year. The district aims to offer testing every week, depending on the availability of supplies. You, as the parent/guardian, or your child can decline testing at any point.
Tests will be performed using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. For each test, your child will receive a nasal swab. Parents will receive a phone call if a child tests positive.
Additionally, if your child displays symptoms while at school, school nurses will be able to utilize a BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Rapid Antigen Test and/or a PCR test to conduct symptomatic testing in order to expedite the testing timeline for students.
School administrators will have access to the results of the BinaxNOW and PCR tests. If you have any questions about testing through this program, please reach out to your child’s school. PPSD needs your permission in order for your student to participate in this testing program.” We can add the link to the online forms as well.