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When your child is ill

Health is an important component of academic success. Please consider the following information when considering whether or not to send your child to school.

Should my child stay home from school?

Parents and students frequently have questions about when it is appropriate to stay home from school because of illness. Please consider keeping your child home from school if he/she has experienced...

  • a temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours
  • vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours
  • a new, undiagnosed rash
  • pus-like eye drainage
  • symptoms of severe illness such as unusual fatigue, uncontrolled cough, and difficulty breathing
  • feeling ill enough that he/she would not be able to benefit from being at school

Please contact your school's health office if you have questions. You can also refer to the brochure Is My Student Well Enough to go to School?

Contacting Parents and Guardians
If your child becomes ill at school and needs to go home, Health Services staff will attempt to contact the parent or guardian listed on the Health and Emergency Information form.

  • The emergency contact on the Health and Emergency Information form will be contacted if we feel your child needs to go home and we are unable to reach a parent or guardian.
  • Your child will not be allowed to leave the school with someone other than who is listed on the Health and Emergency Information form.
  • Your child will not be allowed to leave school without contacting an adult.
  • 911 will be called in the event of a medical emergency. The school will then attempt to make contact with the parent or guardian listed on the Health and Emergency Information form.

If your child has been diagnosed with a health condition, please contact the school's health office to discuss when your child will be able to return to school.

Communicable Conditions

Please refer to the Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools for more information on specific health conditions and exclusion guidelines for the specific communicable conditions such as...

  • strep throat
  • pertussis
  • ringworm
  • chickenpox
  • fifth disease
  • many other conditions

Reporting Absences

Absences must be reported to the school to be considered an excused absence. Report your child's absence each day your child is ill by calling the attendance line at the school. Please report the child’s name, teacher/grade and reason for the absence. If your child is ill, report the symptoms and/or any diagnosed communicable condition.

Please contact the school Health Office if your child has any injury or illness that will require modifications in his/her school day prior to returning to school.

If your child is absent and the school has not received notification of the absence, the school will attempt to call the home number listed on the Emergency Information Sheet to either speak with a contact or leave a message inquiring about the absence.

School Attendance Lines


Attendance Line

Hillcrest Community

(952) 681-5302

Indian Mounds

(952) 681-6002

Normandale Hills

(952) 806-7002

Oak Grove Elementary

(952) 681-6802

Olson Elementary

(952) 806-8802

Poplar Bridge

(952) 681-5402


(952) 806-7102

Valley View Elementary

(952) 681-5702

Washburn Elementary

(952) 681-5502

Westwood Elementary

(952) 806-7202

Oak Grove Middle

(952) 681-6602

Olson Middle

(952) 806-8602

Valley View Middle

(952) 681-5802

Jefferson High School

(952) 806-7602

Kennedy High School

(952) 681-5002