Illness and Communicable Diseases

Minneapolis Public Schools follow the guidelines developed by the epidemiologists at Hennepin County Community Health Department when deciding if a student should be sent home or kept home from school.  If you have any questions, please contact the Health Office at 668-4415 or 668-4416.

A child should not come to school (and will be sent home from school) if they have or have had :

  • a fever of 101 (orally) or 100 (under the armpit) degrees F or higher in the past 24 hours
  • vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • an undiagnosed skin rash
  • untreated live head lice

Please notify the school, Minneapolis Kids and any other child-centered organization your child participates in if your child has a contagious condition like chicken pox, strep throat or head lice.  

For more information: 
Click on the links to the right for MPS parent letters about common communicable diseases.   Also, to check if your child needs to be excluded from school, you can click on the document below for guidelines developed by the Hennepin County Community Health Department.