Humble ISD Expands COVID-19 Testing Options


Emily Moore

A sign promoting social distancing seen at Turner Stadium.

Emily Moore, Co-Editor-in-Chief

As 2021 begins, Humble ISD is expanding COVID-19 testing options for students and staff. There are two options of testing, and all testing is optional. 

The two types of tests are rapid antigen and RT-PCR.  RT-PCR tests tend to be very accurate, but rapid antigen tests are known to sometimes show false positives. 

In late 2020, rapid antigen tests were the sole district-supported option. Now, these tests will be administered to students without symptoms or no close contact status. This testing option is available only to students going to school, UIL classes included. Reservations are mandatory and will be through an online form. The outdoor location will be specified when reservations are made. Hours for this option of testing are Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

RT-PCR tests were rolled out for the second semester and are exclusive to students who have symptoms or are close contacts.  Both virtual and in-person students are welcome to use this option. These tests will be conducted at two 24 hour labs, one in Kingwood and one in Atascocita. The Kingwood location offers curbside testing, and the Atascocita location is walk-in. Appointments are not needed, and sites will be open Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Students without symptoms or close contact can also get testing at one of the RT-PCR locations, but payment is required as these sites are covered through the CARES Act for those with symptoms or contact.

Results for both options will be given through phone, email, and text.