Sick? Exposed to COVID? Here's what to do

COVID virus

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Symptoms are similar to other respiratory illnesses and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The majority of respiratory illnesses are not COVID-19. 

District officials are closely monitoring information and following the recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in terms of the district's response to this virus. 

Find the latest information from MDH on COVID-19 online.
If you have additional questions about the virus, please contact the MDH COVID-19 Hotline at 651-201-3920. Calls are answered Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child stay home?
Please help us keep our students and staff safe! Complete this short checklist each morning and report your child’s information to the school nurse if they have any of the following symptoms.

If your child has any of the following symptoms, that indicates a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others, they should stay home.

One of these symptoms:

  • Fever 100.0 degrees fahrenheit or higher
  • New onset and/or worsening cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell


Two or more of the following symptoms:

  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Excessive fatigue
  • New onset of severe headache
  • New onset of nasal congestion or runny nose

Close Contact/Potential Exposure

  • Had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 You must also stay home if you checked any box above. Call the school to report your absence.

What happens if someone in my child’s school or classroom tests positive for COVID-19?
We will communicate with families whenever there is a positive COVID case in a school building. Communications will not provide private, personally identifiable information about a specific individual, and it is important to note that a single case of COVID may not result in closure of a school building. For a person to be “exposed” to COVID, they need to be within 6 feet of an infected person for more than 15 minutes. Any time there is a suspected COVID case in the building, we will conduct contact tracing in partnership with local health experts. Should your child be exposed to COVID, you will be notified directly.

  • Staff or students who become infected with COVID-19 (whether through the community or within the school) must be isolated at home for 10 days. Siblings and household members must stay home for 14 DAYS. Close contacts must be quarantined for 14 days.
  • Parents will be notified if their child was in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19; the privacy of the infected individual will be maintained.
  • Cases within a group or classroom may require quarantine, including the transition of classes or the entire school to distance learning.
  • MDH and MDE will be consulted in the event of an outbreak
  • During the event of a class or building closure, students will have access to distance learning.
  • Re-opening of classes or buildings after an outbreak will be determined in consultation with MDH and MDE.

OUTBREAK = 5% of total student/staff absent with COVID-19-like illness in a week

Decision Tree for People with COVID symptoms (English)
Decision Tree for People with COVID symptoms (Hmong)
Decision Tree for People with COVID symptoms (Somali)
Decision Tree for People with COVID symptoms (Spanish)

Questions? Contact the district's COVID Triage Nurse, Deb Hammergren, at 651-351-8654 or

How can I help prevent the spread of COVID?
We encourage you to follow the advice of the Minnesota Department of Health:

  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick

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