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Are You Sick?

COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs

Following the appropriate path if a child, student, or staff person is experiencing the following symptoms consistent with COVID-19:

  • More common: fever greater than or equal to 100°F, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell.
  • Less common: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.

Get Tested!

State encourages all students and families to get tested for COVID-19 every 2 weeks until the end of the school year:

  • Stillwater Testing Site: Stillwater Armory, 350 Maryknoll Drive North, Stillwater. Testing is offered Monday through Thursday and every other Saturday from 12 - 6 p.m. To schedule an appointment:
  • COVID-19 community testing sites are located across Minnesota, in addition to local hospitals and clinics. You can make an appointment ahead of time or walk in.
  • Testing is provided at no cost to you, and you can now schedule appointments for the whole family at the same time.

Types of Tests

  • A PCR or other molecular amplification tests is required to shorten quarantine.
  • A PCR molecular test or antigen test is accepted for testing due to illness.
  • We are not accepting test results from Home Testing kits purchased from drug stores until approved by MDH (examples: Abbott's BinaxNOW COVID-19 Antigen Self Test, Ellume's COVID-19 Home Test, Quidel’s QuickVue At-Home OTC COVID-19 Test, Cue’s COVID-19 Test for Home and Over the Counter Use, Lucira's COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit



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Families, students and staff are expected to self-screen at home before coming to school.

Anyone displaying any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home:

  • New onset of cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever of 100.0 degrees or higher
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea

Students exhibiting these symptoms during the school day will be assessed and will likely be sent home.


Please contact your school nurse with any questions regarding symptoms, quarantining, or wellness.