Illness at School

If a student is ill, please call the school daily at 320-573-2174 to report the absence and illness. If you have any questions about the above information or illness, please call the school nurse or your family physician.

Is my child well enough to go to school?

This is a common question by many parents, so here are some general guidelines that may help you decide:

  • FEVER: Children with a fever of 100 or greater should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the use of over the counter fever reducers such as Tylenol(acetaminophen) or ibuprofen.

  • FLU: If your child was diagnosed by a physician with the flu, returning to school is the same as the fever restrictions listed above.

  • VOMITING/DIARRHEA: Child should remain at home until 24 hours after the last episode.

  • RASH: Check with your family physician before sending your child to school with a rash in which you do not know the cause. Children may return to school if the rash is diagnosed as non-contagious or once the recommended treatment for the rash has been received. Diagnosis of a rash CANNOT be made at school.

  • STREP THROAT: Children may return to school 12 hours after starting antibiotics.

  • CHICKENPOX/SHINGLES: Your child should remain home until ALL blisters have dried to scabs, which can take 6-10 days.

  • HEAD LICE: your child may return to school once they have been treated with medicated shampoo or oil treatment and no live lice are found.

  • PINK EYE: Symptoms of pink eye will often include sticky discharge from the eye and a pink tint to the white part of the eye. Contact your child’s physician for advice/treatment because prescription drops may be necessary. Your child may return to school if diagnosed with pink eye by a physician 24 hours after beginning the eye drop treatment.

  • COUGH: Coughing that interferes with or limits their ability to participate in school activities should be evaluated by your physician.

  • NASAL DRAINAGE: Thick, colored drainage may need to be evaluated by your child’s health care provider.

  • COVID-19: A 5-day isolation period is required for students and staff that test positive for COVID-19 per MDH guidelines. People who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for at least 5 full days from the onset of symptoms or test date (if asymptomatic) and can return if fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and have improvement in symptoms.

  • OTHER: If having your child at school would significantly put others at risk of contracting your child’s illness.

If a child exhibits these symptoms at school, a parent/guardian will be contacted to take the child home. If the child’s parent/guardian cannot be reached, an emergency contact will be asked to pick up the child. School personnel CANNOT transport students home.