COVID Testing Site & Updated CDC Guidelines

On Monday, December 7, Magnolia ISD will open a voluntary, free COVID-19 testing site for district employees and current MISD students. This is a voluntary testing option that will be available to students and staff who are experiencing or develop symptoms of COVID-19. 


The testing site is free of charge and no appointment is necessary. Testing takes place on a first-come, first-served basis and the site is located at the Magnolia Event Center (behind R&D Rustics) 11659 FM 1488. The site will operate Monday and Tuesdays from 7 - 10 a.m. and Wednesday through Friday from 7 - 9:30 a.m. The site will follow the Magnolia ISD district calendar and be closed during breaks and on holidays as well as district professional development days. 


This new school testing program is made available by the Texas Education Agency and the test used is the Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test. The BinaxNOW tests are significantly more accurate than the antigen tests currently available in our community. This test has a true positive rate of 97.1% and a true negative rate of 98.5% giving more accurate results within 15 minutes.  If you choose to go to your own healthcare provider to get tested and the BinaxNOW test is not available, a PCR test is still required in order to return to school.  


By offering this free testing option, MISD hopes to mitigate the spread of COVID and help keep students and staff healthy and in school. No students will be tested without a signed parental consent form. 


For all the information about how to register and the process for testing, click here.


Updated CDC Guidelines 

Based on the updated close contact guidelines from the CDC this week, effective immediately, students and staff who are in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, will no longer quarantine for 14 days. The guidelines are as follows:

  • Return to work or school may occur on day 8 or thereafter (after 7 full days of quarantine) if…
    • no symptoms during the quarantine period;
    • a PCR or BinaxNOW test done 48 hours prior to the last day of quarantine is negative. Example: If the last day of full quarantine is on day 7 the screening test may be performed on day 6 or 7 and if negative may return to work or school on day 8;
    • the individual will continue to self-monitor daily; and
    • the individual is able to wear a mask.

 

An individual may be immune from close contact quarantine if the following conditions are met:

  • the individual has tested positive for COVID in the last 3 months (90 days) and
  • Evidence of a positive COVID-19 test is provided.

If an individual receives a positive COVID-19 antigen test, the results can be overridden with 2 negative PCR tests taken 24 hours apart.