Richardson ISD will make COVID-19 testing to students and school staff free according to a NBC-DFW news article from October 18. In it they say,
“Richardson ISD has announced that the district is conducting free COVID-19 testing for students and staff at two locations.
According to Richardson ISD, starting on Monday, testing will be available for students and staff who are not experiencing COVID symptoms but wish to be tested due to concerns about potential exposure.”
The testing is made possible through a partnership with a local lab, MCI Diagnostic Center according to a Community Impact article from October 15. In it they say
“The testing is being done in partnership with MCI Diagnostic Center in Dallas, according to an Oct. 14 district news release. During the Oct. 4 RISD board of trustees meeting, RISD Director of Health Services Ashley Jones said the district partnered with MCI after the Texas Education Agency put in place a COVID-19 testing requirement for school staff members who have been identified as being exposed to the virus, even if they have been fully vaccinated.
“We’ve been so fortunate to work with MCI and secure a way to provide testing for our community,” Jones said, adding the testing is also open to those who have not been exposed to the virus. “If [students and staff are] asymptomatic and just want to be routinely screened, they can go as many times as they want to one of these locations on a Monday or Wednesday.”
To register for the free testing, students and teachers are to sign-up for their appointments through mcicovid.com.
However, applicants are reminded that the Richardson ISD testing sites will not conduct testing whenever the school is not in session.