Illness and Disease Information/Guidelines

To help reduce the spread of infections throughout the school, we ask students to remain at home if the following applies:
  • Fever of 100.5 (orally) or higher and/or a behavior change (increased irritability, fatigue, inability to sleep) or other signs and symptoms of illness (i.e. cough, sore throat, rash, vomiting, head ache, diarrhea);
  • Diarrhea or vomiting in previous 24 hours unless the diarrhea or vomiting is determined to be caused by a non-communicable condition and the child is not at risk of dehydration;
  • Eye drainage with thick white or yellow drainage and redness of the eye; or eye pain.

In general, follow the 24-hour rule to send your child back to school. Please keep your child home 24 hours after:  fevers, diarrhea, vomiting, starting antibiotics or treating for lice. 

It is also important to notify the school of any contagious conditions such as strep throat, head lice or scabies, gastrointestinal or respiratory influenza, pneumonia or otherwise, to which a student is ill with or has been exposed. The licensed school nurse or health associate/designee will be able to take appropriate measures for your child and other students.

Dakota County Public Health partners with school nurses and licensed child care providers to ensure the health and safety of the children and families of Dakota County. Public Health staff provide school nurses and child care providers with support and education on the management and prevention of various infectious and communicable diseases.  

This includes parent fact sheets from the ”Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools” manual maintained by the Hennepin County Community Health Department. The manual is designed to inform administrators, childcare providers, caregivers, parents and guardians, and school health staff about specific infectious disease problems they may encounter.

Parent fact sheets
The following fact sheets have been modified to include contact information for Dakota County Public Health:

Bronchitis, Acute (chest cold/bronchiolitis)
Chickenpox (varicella)
Conjunctivitis (pinkeye)
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection
Diarrhea (infectious)
E. coli O157:H7 infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS)
Enteroviral infection
Fifth disease
Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) disease
Hand, foot, and mouth disease
Head lice
Hepatitis A
Herpes gladiatorum
Herpes, oral
Influenza - seasonal influenza, H1N1 novel influenza (formerly called swine
    flu), and influenza-like illness (ILI)
Meningococcal disease
Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Molluscum contagiosum
Pertussis (whooping cough)
Pneumococcal infection
Respiratory infection (viral)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection
Rotaviral infection
Rubella (German measles)
Shingles (zoster)
Staph skin infection
Streptococcal infection (strep throat/scarlet fever)
Viral meningitis
Yeast infection (candidiasis)

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