Diseases & Conditions

Illness Guidelines

If your child’s illness is preventing them from attending school, parents should call the school to inform school officials of the child's absence.  If a child becomes ill while in school, the parents will be contacted so they can come immediately to the school to pick up the child.  It is important that each parent provide a local name and phone number of a person who could be contacted in case of an emergency. 

If any suspected contagious cases are identified by other children parents will be notified. If you have concerns or questions related to illness issues, please contact the school nurse at 701-572-1580 Ext 1030.  Exclusion guidelines of ill children are set by the North Dakota Department of Health: NDDoH Exclusion Guidelines or call 800-427-2180.

Children with the following symptoms should not be sent to school and/or school activities: If these symptoms are present, the student will be sent home:

  • Thermometer indicates a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above.
  • The child experiences vomiting or diarrhea. 
  • Contagious infection diagnosed by a physician.
  • New, unexplained loss of taste or smell
  • Respiratory symptoms (new onset cough, lung congestion, shortness of breath)
  • Contagious infection diagnosed by a physician (ex: strep throat, pink eye, hand, mouth and foot disease) 
  • When the child is diagnosed by a physician to have a contagious infection and places the child on a prescription medication, the student may not return to school until they have taken the medication for a full 24 hours.

Students may not return to school until:

  • The student’s temperature has remained below 100.4 degrees for 24 hours, without the use of acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol), etc. 
  • There has been no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. These guidelines are for the safety of the ill student as well as for other students and staff.