Fayette schools, Lexington opening more testing clinics

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Fayette County Schools have joined the community-wide effort to encouraged both COVID testing and more vaccinations.

That includes more clinics. In a note to families, the district said:

Dear FCPS Families:

Fayette County Public Schools has implemented robust health and safety protocols designed to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 so that our students reap the benefits of in person learning. One of our layered prevention strategies is well-articulated contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine procedure. Given the current acceleration of COVID-19 cases the greater Fayette County community is experiencing, a growing number of FCPS students have been placed in quarantine because of potential exposures both on and off campus.

As we have throughout the pandemic, members of the district’s COVID-19 Core Team are constantly reviewing the ever evolving information from health experts and searching for promising practices being used by other school systems across the nation. In recent weeks, we have been discussing ways that regular COVID-19 testing on our campuses might help us reduce the amount of time students have to miss school because of quarantines.We are still researching possible strategies and hope that we will be able to implement a system in the near future.  However, at this time it would be premature for us to share additional information as no plan has yet been finalized.

We are, however, excited to announce that effective immediately our health care partners will be offering voluntary FREE COVID-19 testing for all interested FCPS students and employees on several of our campuses, district facilities, and community locations. Individuals can go to any of the testing sites regardless of where they work or attend school.

Beginning this week, Gravity Diagnostics will provide free COVID-19 tests for all interested FCPS students, staff, and faculty members. No appointments are necessary and drive-thru testing will be available at the following sites. Click here for more information.

  • Frederick Douglass High School, 2000 Winchester Road, from 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, 1600 Man o’ War Boulevard, from 7 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays.
  • Bryan Station High School, 201 Eastin Road, from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Southern Middle School, 400 Wilson Downing Road, from 7 to 9 a.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Lafayette High School, 401 Reed Lane, from 7 to 9 a.m. on Thursdays.
  • Old Central Office Building, 701 East Main Street, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Fridays.
  • Rise STEM Academy, 2420 Spurr Road, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Fridays.

Wild Health and the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government are also opening the following walk-up clinic testing sites, which will operate from 2 to 6 p.m. Same day appointments will be available here soon.

  • Immanuel Baptist Church, 2261 Armstrong Mill Road, starting Aug. 28, days of operation: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
  • Fayette County Public Schools, 100 Midland Ave., starting Aug. 26, days of operation: 7 days per week.
  • Lexington Legends Ballpark, 2017 Legends Lane, starting Aug. 31, days of operation: Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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