Onsite COVID-19 Testing Program
Melissa ISD partners with the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) to offer rapid COVID-19 tests for use in schools. This program allows Melissa ISD to test students who become symptomatic at school, if requested by a parent or guardian, in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The rapid COVID-19 test is voluntary, free of charge, and will be administered by a trained Melissa ISD employee, most often the school nurse.
Testing is completely optional but is recommended for students who begin experiencing symptoms at school that are consistent with COVID-19.
Symptomatic students will only be tested if the school has received formal consent from the student’s custodial parent or guardian.
Next Steps for Parents and Guardians
Parents and guardians who do not want their student tested for COVID-19, in the event that they become symptomatic at school, do not need to take any action.
Parents and guardians who do want their student tested for COVID-19, in the event that they become symptomatic at school, must provide formal consent to the school by completing the consent form.
Complete the Consent Form
To provide formal consent for your student to be tested for COVID-19 in the event that they become symptomatic at school, please log in to the Ascender Parent Portal using a computer and follow the steps below. Alternatively, you can download the consent form below and email the completed form directly to the school nurse.
If you have multiple students enrolled at Melissa ISD, you must complete the form for each student.
Log in to the Ascender Parent Portal.
On the top righthand side of the screen, click the user icon and select My Account.
From your student’s profile box, select the blue button that says Maintain Student Data.
From the left-hand side menu, select Student Consent Form for COVID-19 Testing and select either the English or Spanish version of the form.
Download, print, and complete the form.
Either scan or take a picture of the completed form and return to the Ascender Parent Portal to upload the form. To upload:
From the left-hand side menu, select Student Consent Form for COVID-19 Testing and select Upload COVID-19 Student Consent Form.
In the middle of the screen, click on Document.
Click on Choose File.
Click on Upload File.
At the bottom of the screen, click on Submit Data with Electronic Signature.
You will then receive a confirmation of completion.
Frequently Asked Questions
What steps are required for my student to participate in the testing program?
Please follow the steps outlined above.
What tests are used in this program?
The program uses BinaxNOW tests, which provide results in 15 minutes and are administered using a nasal swab in the front area of the nostril. These tests have been shown to be highly accurate, with accuracy rates of 97-98% for symptomatic individuals.
How will the information from the tests be used?
For an individual who tests positive, the results will be shared with Melissa ISD and with Collin County Health Care Services (CCHS) to allow for public health reporting, contact tracing, and a determination of the stay-at-home period. Additionally, the total number of positive tests per school will also be shared with the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) as is required by law.