What if I or my child are experiencing symptoms?

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has provided a Decision Tree for individuals with COVID-19 Symptoms in Youth, Student, and Child Care Programs. To keep students and staff safe and healthy, Rochester Public Schools will follow this guidance to determine the length of time students will need to remain away from school when exposed or exhibiting symptoms. This exclusion guidance is designed specifically for schools and child care programs by MDH, therefore, these guidelines may differ from businesses or employers. 

COVID-19 symptoms are currently defined by MDH; more symptoms include new or worsening cough, fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher, new loss of taste or smell, shortness of breath or trouble breathing; less common symptoms include sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose.

  • Individuals who have one “more common” or at least two “less common” symptoms should stay home.
  • Individuals with just one “less common” symptom should evaluate whether they are well enough to attend school and activities, and should contact their healthcare provider for guidance.

Individuals experiencing these symptoms, or new symptoms with no other diagnosis to explain it (even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing), should talk to their health care provider about being tested for COVID-19. 

We know that things are continually changing as more is learned about COVID-19. The District will continue to provide you with any new updates regarding MDH exclusion guidance. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school community safe and healthy.

MDH Decision Tree

First page of MDH Decision Tree Document link to MDH document download

Close Contact Defined

First Page of RPS Close Contact PDF linked on Google Drive

Daily Symptom Monitoring Tool

First page of Daily Health Screening PDF on Google Drive

Contact and Quarantining

Ring Image showing how contact with COVID and close contact works when infected

RPS Screener Checklist

Link to MDH Health Screener PDF

Testing for COVID

Positive Test:

Student must stay home and continue to isolate for at least 10 days from time symptoms started until symptoms improved AND no fever for 24 hours without medication.

Siblings and household contacts are now considered ‘close contacts’ and must continue to quarantine from all activities for at least 14 days.

Quarantine timelines are based on the last day you were in close contact with the positive person.

Negative Test:

Student may return to school 24 hours after symptoms improved or as directed by health care provider.

Siblings and household contacts do not need to stay home once the negative result is known.

Close Contact Exposure with a Person with Confirmed Positive Test:

Stay home from all activities for at least 14 days since last contact with positive case. Consider testing 5-7 days after last contact with positive case. Even if the student receives a negative test result, they need to complete the 14 days of quarantine before returning to school (cannot ‘test out’ of quarantine).

Siblings and household contact do not need to stay home or quarantine.