COVID-19 Quarantine Updates
To request a shortened quarantine period, click here to complete our online form. If you would prefer a print copy, please contact your building nurse.
HOW LONG DOES MY CHILD NEED TO QUARANTINE?
MDH recommends your child get tested for COVID-19, even if they are not showing any symptoms. It is best to wait until at least five to seven days after their last contact with the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
QUARANTINE PERIODS FOR STUDENTS WHOSE FAMILIES CHOOSE TO TEST FOR COVID-19:
- You must have a PCR test administered for your child at least five days after their close contact.
- Your child will need to stay home from school and not take part in any sports or community activities for 7 days with no symptoms.
- If your child’s test result is positive, notify the building nurse as soon as possible.
- If the test result is negative, and your child has no symptoms they can return after 7 days. Even after 7 days, you must still watch for symptoms through day 14. If your student develops symptoms, stay home, separate from others if possible, and get tested, even though they tested negative earlier. When possible, they should continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
STUDENTS WHOSE FAMILIES CHOOSE NOT TO TEST FOR COVID-19:
- Your child will need to stay home from school and not take part in any sports or community activities for 10 days.
- Even after 10 days, you must still watch for symptoms through day 14. If your student develops symptoms, stay home, separate from others if possible, and get tested. When possible, they should continue to wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
Other children living in the home can continue to go to child care, school, and other community activities unless otherwise notified by a district nurse, building nurse, or your child's principal.
IF A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER IS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19, YOUR FAMILY DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR EARLY RETURN AND NEED TO QUARANTINE FOR THE FULL 14 DAYS.
Please note, day one is the first day after exposure. For example, if a close contact occurred on Friday at 3 pm, day one is Saturday. It is recommended that COVID-19 tests be administered 5 days after exposure. In this case, on Wednesday.
WHEN A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER HAS BEEN QUARANTINED FOR COVID-19 EXPOSURE
If your child or a family member has been determined to meet MDH close contact tracing criteria, they must quarantine for at least 14 days post-exposure. Despite the recent changes to the 14-day quarantine guidelines, these changes are not recommended for exposure that occurs within the household.
Quarantine means keeping people who are not sick yet, but who were exposed to a sick person, away from others. Someone can spread COVID-19 before they have symptoms. Quarantine stops them from accidentally spreading the virus to other people. Three very important points:
- Choose one person to care for the person in quarantine, if possible. This person should keep their distance from other people in the house as much as possible, use a face covering, stay 6 feet apart, and wash their hands often. Household members NOT quarantined must mask diligently whenever in public.
- The person who is in quarantine should stay away from others. This means staying home, and not participating in activities outside the home, such as going into businesses, restaurants, church, attending activities or gatherings outside of school, etc. for the entire length of quarantine. This is crucial, there have been multiple concerns and reports of children out of school for quarantine who have been seen in public places, often without masks.
- If at any point during 14-day quarantine ANY symptoms arise, such as elevation in temp, cough, difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, sore or scratchy throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, headache, nasal congestion or runny nose, it is imperative to seek testing immediately. All household members should then stay home until the test result is known. Even if a test is negative, the quarantined person must complete their 14-day exclusion.
Thank you for your diligence. COVID-19 has become uncontrolled in our community, and you can help us slow unnecessary spread. Our school staff are working hard to keep children, families, and staff safe, and we recognize the strain this represents. The Minnesota Deptartment of Health website has excellent information, but please feel free to contact the school with questions at any time, we want to help you through this process, whatever you may need.
Licensed School Nurse
Angela Elhard, PHN LSN
District Float Nurse
Jamie Goodwin, RN
Kimberly Powell, RN
Angela Webb, RN
East Rapids Elementary
Lianne Scholl, LPN
West Rapids Elementary
Traci Lessman, RN
RJE Middle School
Paula Goggleye, RN
Kaitlyn Ruder, RN
Jenny Berkeland, RN