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Attendence & Illness

What to do if your child is ill...Notify the school about your child's illness and symptoms.
               Health Office 507-423-5164 ext. 1154, email:
               Elementary Secretary 507-423-5164 ext. 1150, email:
               Secondary Secretary, Ronda Herigon, at 507-423-5164 ext. 1301, email:
When should your child stay home?

Infection Disease Reduction Guidelines:

Students who have symptoms of respiratory or gastrointestinal infections, such as cough, congestion, runny nose, fever, sore throat, stomach pain, vomiting, or diarrhea, should stay home. (The first 5 days of illness are the most contagious).

  1. Stay home until symptoms have significantly improved.

AND you can effectively participate in the school day.

AND, and you are fever free for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medications.

  1. Currently there is no mandated quarantine or mask requirement.  However, 5 days of isolation and a mask is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control for the above symptoms to help reduce spread of infections.
  2. Test for COVID, Flu, RSV, Strep and other infections early in the illness. Treatment is sometimes available and can shorten the duration of the illness.
  • If someone in your household is waiting on test results or tests positive for a viral illness monitor the rest of the family closely for symptoms.  Infections are most contagious in the first few days so consider keeping the student home and/or wearing a mask even with minor symptoms.
  1. Get vaccinated to help your body fight infections. However, vaccination status does not affect these guidelines.

This guidance is based off CDC recommendations and are subject to change.

Updated 9/19/2023

   * Unsure if your child should return to school or stay home?  Feel free to call the health office with any questions/concerns
            507-423-5164 ext.1154
What does the health office need to report to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)?
   The health office is a mandated reporter.  This is also in the interest of students that cannot have immunizations or students who have immune systems that are compromised.  If your child is diagnosed with any of the following conditions the school needs to be notified immediately.  If you are not sure if the school needs to be notified, ask your health provider or just email the health office anyway.
            Pertussis/Whooping Cough
            Viral Hepatitis