When to stay home?

  • Please follow the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). 

    Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 Symptoms:

    COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families:

    *Please note that if you have one student who needs to stay home with one or more common symptoms of COVID or two or more less common symptoms, their siblings also need to stay home until COVID has been ruled out as the cause of illness.

    Here are other important practices for all of us to follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19, help keep ourselves and each other healthy, and keep our schools open:

    • Hand washing Practice regular hand washing or use hand sanitizer often
    • Keep hands away from our eyes, nose, and mouth
    • Wear face coverings (masks) in school buildings and on buses (having an extra in your child's backpack is always a good idea!)
    • Stay 6 feet away from people from different households


  • What is isolation?

    Isolation means keeping someone who is sick away from others to help keep the illness from spreading.

    What is quarantine? 

    Quarantine means keeping someone who is not sick yet, but was exposed to a sick person away from others. This is used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 because people can spread it before developing symptoms.

    What to do if your student needs to stay home due to illness, quarantine or while awaiting COVID test results? 

    Call your school’s attendance line to report your student’s absence. School staff will contact you to help determine the length of recommended absence based on the MDH COVID-19 Decision Tree

    What if my child tests positive for COVID-19?

    Please contact your school’s COVID Coordinator or Health Office to report the positive test result. We will work with you to ensure you have the information you need and begin identifying and notifying close contacts under the guidance of MDH. 

    Will this information be shared?

    We will not share any identifying information about a lab-confirmed case that is reported to us except for the purpose of reporting to MDH. 

    Will we be informed if a positive case is reported in school?

    There are two levels of notification that would be shared as appropriate when a lab-confirmed case is reported to school.

    Close contact notification - close contacts will be notified when a lab-confirmed case is reported and receive direct information regarding quarantine and next steps. This contact tracing will be conducted in partnership with MDH.

    General notifications - when a lab-confirmed case is reported in a classroom or school setting, families of students who share a classroom, learning space, bus route, small group, etc. will be notified after close contacts have been identified.