Watauga County Schools will use rapid COVID-19 testing to help identify cases in schools.

The Watauga Democrat reports Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott announced at Monday's Board of Education meeting that students will be able to receive the test if they have COVID-19 symptoms, and that tests could be in use as early as next week.

According to the report, school nurses have now been trained in how to administer the rapid test. AppHealthCare is working closely with the school system by training the school nurses to administer the rapid tests to symptomatic staff and students.

Elliott also said there was an overwhelming interest in the COVID-19 vaccine among WCS employees and had sent a form for employees to fill out that will be sent to the health department.

Elliott said as of Monday, there were about 440 employees who had signed up out of the approximately 700 total in the school system.