Illness and Communicable Disease

  • Illness Guidelines

    Saint Paul Public Schools takes guidance from Saint Paul Ramsey County Public Health, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and follows guidelines developed by the epidemiologists at Hennepin County Community Health Department when deciding if a student should be sent home or kept home from school.

    To limit the spread of COVID-19 as well as other germs, children should stay home from school, child care, and other activities if they have any signs of illness or a fever. We are taking extra precautions during this time.


    Symptoms of COVID-19 include: New onset cough or shortness of breath, fever (100.4ºF or higher) or feeling feverish, chills, fatigue, muscle pain, sore throat, headache, runny nose or congestion, loss of sense of smell or taste, and gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea.


    Students who become sick with COVID-19 symptoms during the school day will be isolated (under supervision) until they can be picked up. Sick students will be required to wear a surgical mask when able. It is important during this pandemic that you pick your child up as soon as possible when they are sick so we can limit the risk to other students and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please be sure your school has up-to-date contact information so we can promptly reach you. Please follow exclusion recommendations provided to you and your family.



    SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines

    Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools Manual