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Too Sick for School?

Families and students often have questions about illness and when they should stay home from school. The following guidelines should assist you in making a decision. Students MUST stay home from school in the following instances:  

  • Fever of 100 degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours. Student may return to school when symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication 
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours. Student may return to school when symptom free for 24 hours without the aid of medication. 
  • Diagnosed strep throat. Student may return to school after a full 24-hours of antibiotic treatment. 
  • New onset of cough and/or uncontrolled cough.  
  • Evidence of head lice, including nits (eggs).  
  • New onset of rash and/or lingering rash that has not been identified and treated. 
  • Pink eye with thick white or yellow drainage and eye pain. An exam by your healthcare provider is recommended. 
  • New antibiotic treatment. May return to school after monitoring the first 24 hours for a reaction. 
  • Pain that requires a narcotic or other controlled medication for relief. Please discuss the management of chronic pain with the health office. 
  • Too ill to actively participate in school activities. 
COVID-19:
  • ONE of these symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell
  • TWO or MORE of these symptoms – sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, extreme fatigue or feeling very tired, new severe or very bad headache, new nasal congestion or runny nose.
  • Refer to the Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Decision Tree for further guidance.
Report An Absence

If your child will not be in school today, please fill out the Absent Today Form to ensure their illness-related absence is excused.

Report an Absence