Why are siblings at school if their brother/sister is home sick?
If the sick student has one less common symptom, siblings are allowed to come to school. The parent has chosen to watch the ill student at home for worsening symptoms.

My child still has a cough.  Can he/she come back to school?
•  Once there is an alternative diagnosis or negative COVID test, your child is allowed back if their symptoms have improved.  
•  Generally, this means they no longer feel ill, have not had a fever for 24 hours, are able to keep up with daily routines, and any remaining symptoms (cough, runny nose) are mild and infrequent and do not interfere with their day.

Close Contact

My child was told they are a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID. Do the rest of my children need to stay home?
•  If the child who is the close contact has no symptoms, siblings are allowed to come to school.
•  If your child is old enough, isolate them from the family as best you can for 14 days.
•  For the child who is the close contact, 14 days of quarantine is required even if they have a negative COVID test.
•  If your child who is the close contact does develop symptoms, they should be tested.
       –  If negative, children can return to school
       –  If positive, your child is home for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms
       –  Siblings now stay home for 14 days from their last exposure to your ill child


My child was tested for strep and COVID. The strep came back positive. The strep was treated, can they return to school before the COVID test results are back?
•  There must be a negative COVID test result before they are able to return to school.

MDH Free Community Testing Site Available This Week:
Normandale Community College – Parking Ramp (12 pm to 6 pm)
9700 France Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431

•  Tuesday, September 29
•  Wednesday, September 30
•  Thursday, October 1

*MDH strongly encourages you to sign up for an appointment using the the registration link on COVID-19 Community Testing.


My child has allergies, how do I know the difference?
•  During this pandemic, because COVID-19 symptoms and allergy symptoms can overlap, consider the possibility that this could be COVID-19 infection rather than assuming it is allergies. This requires a case by case, episode by episode, review.
•  Determine if this is new or worsening and consider if a medical evaluation is necessary.

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