Prior to coming to school each day a basic health screen is a practice that keeps everyone safe. If students or staff don’t feel well, they should stay home until symptoms have subsided. A health screening should answer the following questions:
1. Do you have ONE OR MORE of these symptoms?
☐ Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, ☐ Difficulty/hard time breathing, ☐ New cough or a cough that gets worse, ☐ New loss of taste or smell
2. Do you have AT LEAST TWO of these symptoms?
☐ Sore throat, ☐ Nausea, ☐ Vomiting, ☐ Diarrhea, ☐ Chills, ☐ Muscle pain, ☐ Excessive fatigue/feels very tired, ☐ New severe/very bad headache, ☐ New nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose
If the answer to either question is yes, students or staff should stay home until symptoms subside. It is also recommended a COVID 19 test be completed prior to returning to school. As in the past, children who are experiencing symptoms of an illness; whether it is flu, STREP, or COVID will be sent home. Each building will maintain an isolation area for this purpose from where parents will pick up their child.
What to do if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19
The Minnesota School Immunization Law requires that each child in childcare, early childhood programs and school be protected from childhood diseases by receiving immunizations. All students in the Montevideo Public School District must have immunization records or an exemption record on file in the nurse’s office by the first day of the school year.
Immunizations include Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus (DTaP/Td/Tdap); Polio; Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR); Hepatitis B; Meningococcal; and Varicella (Chicken Pox). Parents/guardians may file a medical exemption signed by a healthcare provider or a non-medical exemption signed by a parent/guardian and notarized.
Immunizations and number of doses vary according to age and grade level. Make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date today. If you have any questions, contact your healthcare provider or Countryside Public Health, 1-800-657-3291.