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EPISD to open COVID-19 testing center at Burnet health site

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- May 19, 2020) — The El Paso Independent School District in partnership with Virtual Care for Kids will begin administering COVID-19 testing at its Burnet health site starting on Friday, the Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday.

Trustees approved a resolution that allows EPISD nurses to administer COVID-19 testing to students, employees and community members who have been referred by a doctor in the Virtual Care for Kids network.

“This is another step in making sure that we tend to the healthcare needs of our students and staff, as well as their families,” said Alana Bejarano, EPISD’s director of health services. “Our school nurses continue to step up to the challenge of helping our students remain healthy so that they can learn effectively and reach their academic goals.”

Testing at the Burnet site, 3700 Thomason, will be free after a referral from a visit to a Virtual Care for Kids healthcare provider. Some insurance charges may be incurred. To access the Virtual Care for Kids portal, click here.

Virtual Care for Kids, through its partnership with EPISD, provides videoconferencing visits with a pediatrician or healthcare provider from the comfort of home. The healthcare provider can diagnose an illness and prescribe treatment and medicine.

Story by Gustavo Reveles