MCPS begins offering rapid COVID tests for high school students

Hellgate High School
Posted at 3:01 PM, Jan 26, 2021

MISSOULA — Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS) is starting to offer rapid coronavirus testing for high school students as the district works to limit the spread of COVID-19 in Missoula's largest schools.

MCPS has announced the testing will be available on a "limited basis" for students currently showing symptoms and who have been symptomatic for less than seven days.

That's because the tests are less sensitive and aren't able to detect longer infections or cases where a student is asymptomatic.

Students will need to make an appointment, and fill out a parental consent form.

Testing will take place on Mondays between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the MCPS Business Office at 915 South Avenue.

If a student shows symptoms at home, they should stay there, and parents can call the district nursing staff at (406) 240-4721 to arrange a test.

Additional information will be available on the MCPS website.