COVID-19 Testing for Students and Staff

Important Message: 5:15 p.m., 1/19/22

Type(s) of tests available for Thursday, Jan. 20 while supplies last:

  • Lab PCR Tests (2 to 4 day turnaround for results)

  • Rapid Antigen Tests - Dual Influenza and COVID-19 (Same day results)

The PCR tests are used for symptomatic testing, while the antigen tests are used for the Test to Stay program, close contacts and surveillance testing.

***Please note that the type of rapid antigen tests we currently have available at our testing site will test for both influenza (2 strains) and COVID-19. If you opt to take the rapid antigen test, neither Rio Rancho Public Schools nor the individual being tested will be notified of the influenza test results. You will only be notified of the COVID-19 testing results. You will be asked to verbally confirm that you consent to receiving this type of dual antigen test when you arrive at the testing site.

Hours of Operation:

  • Due to the additional transportation time needed to get the Lab PCR tests processed, the testing site will only test symptomatic students and staff between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

  • Antigen testing for Test to Stay, Close Contacts and surveillance testing will take place during regular hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. while supplies last. When we run out, we will close for those tests.

Results:

  • The Lab PCR tests have a 2 to 4 day turnaround time for results. Due to the high demand, they are running on the longer side of that time estimate. Please be patient and check your PMG account in the status section for any results. You may also check the NMDOH testing results web page at: https://cvresults.nmhealth.org/

  • If the status section in your account does not show a test, it does not mean they lost your sample. Instead, it means the results are not yet ready.

COVID-19 Testing for Students & Staff

Rio Rancho Public Schools has partnered with Premier Medical Group USA (PMG USA) to provide COVID-19 testing exclusively for RRPS students and staff.

The site, located in the parking lot of 333 NM-528 (the AMREP building/Fat Pipe location), in Rio Rancho, is only be accessible to students and staff for either symptomatic testing, close contact testing, Test to Stay Program testing or surveillance testing. PMG USA uses rapid antigen tests for surveillance testing and rapid PCR tests for symptomatic and close contact testing. All tests will use a nasal swab for collection.

The testing site is open five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for students and staff who need close contact, surveillance or Test to Stay testing. The site is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for staff and students who need symptomatic testing. To register to utilize this new testing site, follow the steps below. Registration is required prior to arrival for your testing window.

*In most cases, test results are ready in as little as 2 hours. However, results may take longer to process depending on how busy the site is; all tests are processed the same day. We ask that you please be patient with staff as they are working diligently to process all tests and collect samples. Please be prepared for a possible 15 to 20 minute wait upon arrival to the testing site. Waits are rare, but may occur at peak times, and therefore may be part of your testing experience.

Image of QR Code to scan with your cell phone to make a testing appointment at the RRPS COVID-19 testing site.

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Questions?

If you still have questions about the RRPS COVID-19 testing site for students and staff, email RRPSreentryplans@rrps.net

Online Registration is Easy

Simply follow these steps to register your child or, if you are a staff member, to register yourself, to receive a COVID-19 test at the new Rio Rancho Public Schools testing location. This site is being operated by Premier Medical Group USA. Online registration is required prior to arrival at the site.

  • Step 1: Scan the QR Code to the left with your cell phone QR code reader app or visit pmg.app.perseus.id/div/rrps

  • Step 2: Create an account/health ID and complete the online intake form for Premier Medical Group. Please update your account each time you need to get a COVID-19 test with your symptoms and school/work site

  • Step 3: The system will generate a unique QR Code for you. Once you have your QR code, you may drive to the parking lot of 333 NM-528 in Rio Rancho (AMREP Building/Fat Pipe Location parking lot) between operating hours and show your QR code on your cell phone to be tested. This is a drive-through testing site, remain in your vehicle.

**Please be sure to update your account each time you wish to get a COVID-19 test. Doing so will allow you to update your symptoms and select the appropriate school or work site.

*Please note that anyone who does not work for Rio Rancho Public schools or who does not attend an RRPS school, will not be able to utilize this testing site.