Feeling Sick? When Should My Student Stay Home?

When to Stay Home

River Grove follows the Minnesota Department of Heath’s “Decision Tree” to determine when a student should stay home.

  • The below scenario follows the second, yellow path on the Decision Tree.
    • If your student has
      • ONE of these symptoms: fever, cough, new loss of taste or smell, or difficulty breathing;
        • (or)
      • TWO of these symptoms: nasal congestion, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, fatigue, or severe headache;
    • they need to
      1. stay home from school,
      2. get a COVID test,
      3. remain home until they receive negative test results.
    • Students may return to school after 24 hours with symptom improvement.
    • Siblings who are not vaccinated will also need to stay home until the symptomatic student receives the negative COVID test result. 
Please click here to refer to the complete “Recommended COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth Programs, and Child Care Programs” from MDH.

Please email attendance@
 when your student is absent or late for any reason, and to report illnesses.

COVID-19 symptoms fall into two groups:
  • More common symptoms are ONE or more of these: 
    • fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;
    • new cough or a cough that gets worse;
    • difficulty/hard time breathing;
    • new loss of taste or smell.
  • Less common symptoms are TWO or more of these: 
    • sore throat;
    • nausea;
    • vomiting;
    • diarrhea;
    • chills;
    • muscle pain;
    • extreme fatigue/feeling very tired;
    • new severe/very bad headache;
    • new nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose.

If the Student has Only ONE Less-Common Symptom 

Use the first path (green on the Decision Tree) when the person has only one symptom from the list of less common symptoms (see above sidebar of COVID-19 symptoms).

  • First, evaluate the symptom to decide if the person is well enough to stay in the school or program.
    • If they are well enough, the person may attend or stay in the school or program.
      • In this case, siblings and all others who live in the house DO NOT need to go home or stay home.
    • If they are not well enough, the person should stay home or be sent home.
      • If the person goes home and does not develop additional symptoms, the person may return 24 hours after the symptom has improved. The person should consider an evaluation from a doctor or health care provider and getting a COVID-19 test.
      • If the person gets an evaluation and/or a COVID-19 test, they should follow the second path detailed on the Decision Tree.

Please email attendance@marineareaschool.org when your student is absent or late for any reason, and to report illnesses.