• District to offer free voluntary antigen testing for asymptomatic students in grades K-12

    Lake Travis ISD will offer free voluntary antigen testing for asymptomatic students in grades K-12 between 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 25 at Hudson Bend Middle School. Parents should use this link to review our testing process and to make an appointment for their child.

    Please note, the testing site is for asymptomatic students only. Anyone who is currently experiencing COVID-like symptoms must stay home and should contact their primary healthcare provider or utilize a testing location that offers molecular (PCR or NAAT) testing. For your convenience, there is a Curative testing kiosk located in the parking lot of Hudson Bend Middle School, 15600 Lariat Trail, Austin, 78734. Appointments with Curative are required separately and must be made online.

    “Screening tests are beneficial because early detection allows infected people to isolate sooner and minimize their exposure to others prior to becoming symptomatic,” said Becca Harkleroad, RN, Lead Nurse for Lake Travis ISD. "However, a negative antigen test does not mean you do not have the COVID-19 virus. This test identifies COVID-19 once the body reaches a threshold of detectable viral load. For example, if you are exposed to COVID-19 the day before or the day of a COVID-19 test, you may not have enough of the virus to be detectable. You should still maintain viral safety precautions including wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance even if your result is negative, especially if you have a known exposure to a person who has COVID-19. If there is still a concern that a person has a COVID-19 infection after a negative antigen test, that person should be tested again with a molecular test."

    For more information, contact Becca Harkleroad, RN, at harkleroadb@ltisdschools.org or at 512-533-6015.

     


    Resources:

    LTISD Student COVID-19 Screening Tests