Eight Texas school districts participate in COVID rapid antigen testing pilot program

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The three biggest North Texas school districts including Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, have not yet requested to be part of a new Coronavirus testing regimen authorized for Texas schools.

The Texas Education Association says they have tried to select a wide range of schools to participate a pilot program for "rapid antigen testing."

The federal government has acquired about 150 million antigen tests from Abbott Labs and Texas has received about a million of them. These tests are much faster and much cheaper.

Eight Texas school districts are part of the opening of this program.

In two weeks, other districts can apply to be part of it. But Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas administrators are still thinking about it.