COVID-19 Rapid Tests Available to Students and Staff

Beginning December 1, 2020, the Van Buren R-1 School District is able to provide COVID-19 testing for all students and staff. The test is the BinaxNow Rapid test and will only take 15 minutes to obtain results. The test is collected via nasal swab. The test is completely voluntary and will not be administered unless a consent form has been signed. A positive result will immediately report to the local public health department. Additionally, all test results will be shared with the Department of Health and Senior Services.

BinaxNow is currently only able to be administered to individuals suffering from symptoms consistent with COVID-19. A negative test does not mean the individual will immediate be able to return to the school environment. Students receiving the test must have a parent present during testing. We are thank for the opportunity to offer testing for our students and staff during this pandemic. Please contact me Nurse Nikki Watkins, R.N. with any questions at 573-323-4266, Ext. 9. or