This year will be full of new and uncharted territory for us in the health office and school. Please reach out to Sheril or LeAnn in the health office if you have questions regarding your child and possible symptoms or exposures to Covid prior to sending them to school. I am attaching the updated decision tree for schools that we are to use. It can be confusing, so please let me know if you have questions. In the past, most the times we had the mentality of if your child wakes up and isn't feeling great but nothing too major we would say "go to school and see how it goes" this year MDH is stating it is better to "stay home and see how it goes." We want to make sure that your child doesn't develop more symptoms that would put them in the category to stay home or be tested. We understand that if you are advised to keep your child home for longer periods of time that it can put stress on you if you are needing to take off of work etc, however, we will need to follow the guildelines given to us so please be prepared that you may be asked to keep your child home for extended periods of time.
If your child has ONE or more of the following symptoms, they need to stay home and please contact Sheril at email@example.com to notify: Fever 100.4 or more, difficulty breathing, a new onset and/or worsening cough, new loss of taste or smell.
If your child has TWO or more of the following symptoms, they need to stay home and contact Sheril: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.
A face covering must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely and can include a disposable face mask, a cloth face mask, a scarf, a bandana, a neck gaiter, or religious face covering.
Masks that incorporate a valve designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not sufficient face coverings as they allow exhaled droplets to be released into the air.
Please see below for information on the decision tree.
Thank you for your help with this.
Sheril Denny, BSN
320-352-2258 Ext 4004