Illness in School

When a Child Becomes Ill While At School

  • If your child becomes ill while at school and needs to go home, we will attempt to contact the parent or guardian first.  If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, we will attempt to contact the emergency contact who is listed in the child’s school record.  Students are not allowed to leave school without first contacting a parent, guardian or emergency contact.

Contagious Illness at School

  • Shakopee Public Schools follows the infectious disease guidelines as outlined in the Hennepin County infectious diseases in childcare settings and school manuals.

    Fact sheets provide prevention and control information on common infectious diseases seen in a school setting, such as chickenpox, COVID-19, impetigo, pink eye, head lice and strep throat. All standards follow recommendations by the American Public Health Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Winter 2022/23 Reminder

  • As we navigate through the annual cold/flu season, Shakopee Public Schools encourages parents and guardians to keep students home if they are exhibiting flu-related symptoms such as fever, dry cough, sore throat, headache, extreme tiredness and/or body aches. These symptoms usually begin suddenly and may be severe enough to stop daily activities. The Department of Health offers the following guidance to protect one’s self and others:

    • Avoid being around others who are sick.

    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough or sneeze into your sleeve.

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

    • Protect infants by not exposing them to large crowds or sick family members when flu is in your community.

    • Do not share drinking cups and straws.

    • Frequently clean commonly touched surfaces (door knobs, refrigerator handles, phones, water faucets).

    If a student will be absent from school, please call their school’s attendance line. In addition to calling the attendance line, positive COVID-19 cases can also be reported using our Optional Self-Reporting tool by clicking here.

    Additionally, the district’s custodial staff has increased their efforts to frequently clean commonly touched surfaces in our schools.