Distribution of COVID Rapid Antigen test Kits

Dear Families, Students and Staff,

From the Maine Department of Education and Maine DHHS—

Starting this month, Maine DHHS, with the support of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will provide schools with a one-time allotment of at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits to distribute to students and staff. These tests include the Siemens CLINITEST Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Self-Test,  Abbott BinaxNOW Self-tests, or OraSure InteliSwab rapid tests. While school administrative units (SAUs) and schools will not have a choice in the brand of test they will receive, enough will be distributed to supply each individual student and staff person with 5 or 6 individually wrapped at-home rapid antigen tests. The purpose of this new testing option is to provide staff and families with at-home COVID-19 tests for individuals who are close contacts, or have symptoms, to prevent those individuals from unknowingly spreading this highly contagious disease while at school. These tests may be distributed by schools this spring, summer, or fall. All Maine PreK to 12 students and staff are eligible to receive at-home rapid antigen test kits through their schools. SAUs and private schools may order up to one kit for each student and staff member. Each kit consists of either one box of five tests or three boxes of two individually wrapped tests. 

 MSAD 49 has received our allotment and is in the process of distributing to students and staff.  Individual building administration will communicate to families when to expect to receive these free kits.

Thank you.

Roberta Hersom

Superintendent of Schools