From the District Nurse - Rozalyn Scoles, RN, BS, PHN, LSN

  • January 15, 2019

    Parents and Guardians,

    Please help us minimize the spread of illness.  This is the time of year that we typically see a peak in Influenza and want to do our best to protect our schools. For full details, please use this Influenza resource from the Minnesota Department of Health. 

    What is Influenza (Flu)?

    Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. 

    Flu Symptoms

    Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

    • fever (100.0 or greater)
    • headache
    • fatigue
    • cough
    • sore throat
    • body aches
    • runny or stuffy nose
    • sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

    The best prevention

    • Get the Flu Shot
    • Good hand hygiene, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve, and staying home when sick
    • Routinely clean and disinfect commonly used areas and frequently touched surfaces. Flu can remain on surfaces for up to 8 hours.
    • Follow package instructions when cleaning for contact time and dilution.

    Return to school 24 hours after their fever is gone without fever-reducing medication, (e.g., Tylenol or Advil). They should also be well enough to participate in school before returning.

Am I Well Enough to go to School?

  • Sartell-St. Stephen ISD 748 adheres to recommendations made by the Minnesota Department of Health regarding excluding children from school for contagious/communicable illnesses. We ask for your cooperation in this so that we may promote a healthy safe environment for all students. Click to view our Am I Well Enough to go to School? guidelines.



    With flu/illness season upon us we would like to emphasize our general practice for ill students. If a student has:

    • had a fever of 100 or more, he/she should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without fever-reducing medications.
    • vomited or had diarrhea he/she should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
    • a rash that may be disease-related or you do not know the cause, check with your healthcare provider before sending him/her to school
    • started antibiotics, please keep him/her home until he/she has had a full 24 hour course of them.

    Keeping your child home when ill allows him/her time to rest and prevents exposing classmates/faculty to possible illness. Please inform us of any illnesses your child is being treated for.  This allows us to track and report illness as required by the MN Department of Health.

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