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The health and safety of our school community is a top priority. The school district will work in partnership with families to ensure that students attending onsite school do not have signs of infectious illness. It is important to stress that keeping ill students home will not only prevent the spread of COVID-19, but will protect the rest of the school community from possible classroom or building closures for quarantine purposes. Ill students will not be allowed in any district buildings and will be able to participate in class through distance learning. 

This letter is to inform families regarding the expectations for illness symptom screening and quarantine requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. Mahtomedi Public Schools will follow guidance from the MN Department of Health & the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to update the information as new guidance is received.

This information is contained in our COVID-19 Protocols document and is available on our School Year Planning web page.

We will continue to update the document as new guidance is received.

Mahtomedi Public Schools
COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Quarantine Requirements

Check for Illness Every Day

  • Parents or guardians should monitor their student(s) for signs of infectious illness every day. 
  • It will be an expectation that all students, staff, and visitors screen for illness before entering any district building or participating in school-related activities. 

School or Activity Attendance

  • Students who are sick should not attend school in-person or participate in activities.
  • There will be signs posted at all entrances of our buildings that will remind students, staff, and visitors that they are not to enter the building if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infectious illness. 
  • Staff will monitor the health of students throughout the day. If a student comes to school with symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness; the student will be assessed by the Building RN and the parent or guardian will be called and they, or an emergency contact, will be expected to pick up their student within 30 minutes. 


COVID-19 Symptoms (Click here to access our Daily Home Screening Checklist)
According to the MN Department of Health the following is a current list of COVID-19 symptoms: 

New onset of  cough or shortness of breath by themselves OR at least 2 of the following: 

  • fever (100.4ºF or higher)
  • headache
  • chills 
  • muscle pain 
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • congestion
  •  loss of sense of smell or taste
  •  gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea 

Positive COVID-19 Test of COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Families need to report a positive test to the school nurse ASAP and within 12 hours of diagnosis. The school nurse will provide the parent or guardian with details of return to school instructions.
  • A person who tests positive or displays COVID-19 symptoms will need to be quarantined for 10 calendar days after the diagnosis or symptom onset.
  • Someone who tested positive can return to school after 10 days of being quarantined provided they have been fever free for 24 hours without using fever reducing medication and their symptoms have greatly improved.

COVID-19 Close Contact
Close Contact as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health is spending 15 minutes of time less than 6 feet from someone who has COVID-19 disease. 

  • Any person who was in close contact with a COVID positive person needs to be quarantined for 14 days.


Other Illness
According to the MN Department of Health: If a person has a new symptom (for example, new loss of smell only) with no other diagnosis to explain it, they should stay home and talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19, even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing. For any other diagnosed illness, stay home until symptoms have improved and follow the current district policy for parameters on when to return to school. Call the health office to report each day absent, or for further guidance regarding return to school.  


Our Mission

The mission of the Mahtomedi School District, the unified community of courageous hearts and curious minds dedicated to inspiring personal excellence, is to ensure that each student is a bold agent of learning who successfully pursues their passions while advancing the greater good, through a vital system distinguished by:

  • environments that inspire curiosity
  • an inclusive learning community
  • an array of exceptional learning experiences
  • teaching and learning that imparts a global view
  • culture of empathy that empowers the whole person

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