Capitol School offers free COVID-19 tests for students
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson
Tuscaloosa’s The Capitol School among the first schools in the state to provide free COVID-19 tests for students between ages 3 and 18, as well as faculty.
The school is partnering with Affinity Solutions to offer its testing program.
Capitol School Director Barbara Roundtree said Affinity is providing the testing kits.
“They even pay for FedX to pick up the kits, take them to a lab in Huntsville, and we will have our results of these PCR Standard Tests by the next day within 24 hours for the parents to access,” Roundtree said.
Roundtree said she’s proud that The Capitol School went a whole year and two months without any positive COVID-19 cases among their faculty and staff.
The school also requires vaccinations for all faculty, staff and students 12 or older.
Parent and Registered Nurse Ashley Vannoordwyk said it’s a great initiative.
“It will open the door for a lot of schools just seeing how easy it is, how user-friendly the system is, how many parents actually want it,” Vannoordwyk said. “Especially keeping those safe who are under the age of 12 and aren’t able to be vaccinated at this point.”