Deciding when to keep your student home if they’re sick
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 5:25 AM

MPS has a guide for families to help them decide when they should keep their students home from in-person learning if they are feeling unwell. The guide outlines the symptoms to look for that mean students should stay home.
Families can also help schools stay open and prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
  • Keep students home if they are sick. EVERY DAY, check to see if your student has symptoms of being sick.
  • Keep your student home if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Teach your student to wear their face covering (mask) on the bus and at school.
The guide includes other important information for families:
  • What to expect if your student is sick at school.
  • Make sure your school has your current contact information.
  • Have a plan for who can pick up your student if they are sick at school
  • MPS process for reporting COVID-19 cases to families.
NOTE: If your student has to quarantine due to being exposed to COVID-19, families should contact the school for lesson plans.
If a student becomes sick at school
A dedicated space near the nurse’s office will be set aside for any student who starts to show symptoms of COVID-19. This illness room will be clearly marked and air flow from this room to other rooms will be protected with additional HEPA filters.
The student will be separated from others until they can be picked up by a parent or guardian. Transportation will be provided to any student whose parent/guardian cannot pick them up in a reasonable time.
If your student must stay home due to having COVID-19 or being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, your student will need to stay home for 14 days to quarantine. Refer to the MPS policy on Quarantining
If your student is well, but needs to quarantine, they can keep up with their coursework through distance learning. Follow these quarantine tips from the Minnesota Department of Health.