COVID Testing

COVID-19 Testing

What is the COVID-19 Testing Program?

Belle Fourche School District’s COVID-19 Testing Program offers free, regular testing to students and staff for COVID-19. Regular testing means that testing is offered to everyone on a regular basis, even if they don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.

How will the school protect my child’s privacy?

Testing results will be shared only for public health purposes, which may include notifying close contacts that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 and taking other steps to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in your school community. Information sharing and notifying of contacts will be done in a way that protects your child’s privacy. Sharing of information about your child will only be done in accordance with applicable law and policies protecting student privacy and the security of your child’s data.

 How will the testing be done? 

The COVID-19 tests will be free, quick, and easy. We will use a viral test, known as an antigen (rapid) test, which returns a result in as little as 15 minutes or a nucleic acid amplification. This test will tell if your child has a current COVID-19 infection, regardless of whether they have symptoms.

How is the test given? 

The test will involve a nasal swab. It is a quick and easy test.

This nasal test gently swabs the inner part of the lower nostril. The test is not painful. We do not use the longer swabs that reach higher into the nose.

How much does the test cost? The COVID-19 tests will be free to students and staff. You will never receive a bill, and your insurance will not be charged.

To register for at home testing participation Click here.


Quidel QuickVue is the at home test that the school will provide.  Here is a link for more information.

For more information visit SDDOH