Students need to stay home if they fall under one of the below guidelines

Students who exhibit symptoms should stay home until these symptoms have “greatly improved” – a person no longer feels ill; can do their daily routine just as they did before they were ill; any remaining symptoms, such as a cough or runny nose, are very mild, or infrequent.
Students with symptoms while at school will be sent home.
The symptoms include:

Runny nose
Sore throat
Muscle pains

A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present.

If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more, your child needs to stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without the use of fever-reducing medication.
If your child has vomited and/or diarrhea, your child needs to stay home for 24 hours after the last episode.
Positive for strep, child needs to stay home until 12 hours after antibiotic treatment is started (also see fever guidelines)
If your child has a rash of an unknown origin, they need to be seen by a physician before returning to school.

If you are keeping your child home because of an illness, please call the school to report specific symptoms and/or diagnosis.  Please state if due to influenza-like illness: fever of 100 degrees or more, with a cough and/or sore throat


Make hand washing a healthy habit!

Medications: The health office requires new orders each school year for all medications. If your student requires daily mediation or as needed medications for the 2021-22 school year please have your primary provider update medication orders and have them sent to the school.

Orders can be faxed directly to the school. Fax:  651-923-4036

All medications must be dropped off by an adult and may not be sent to school with a student in a backpack for the safety of our students. 

Health Conditions: We want to ensure that all students at Goodhue are healthy, safe and ready to learn. If you have a student with an ongoing health condition (Asthma, Allergies, Diabetes, Seizures, etc) please contact the health office so that we can have an up-to-date plan for the 2021-22 school year.

Contact Alicia Slagle, Licensed School Nurse with any questions via email: aslagle@goodhue.k12.mn.us or phone: 651-923-4447.

Required Immunizations for 12th graders, 7th graders and Kindergarten students: Does your child have all the required immunizations for school??? Now is the time to turn in your child’s immunization sheets! It is important that your child’s paperwork is turned in to the health office prior to the start of the new school year. 

Immunizations are required by Minnesota law and must be completed before students can start school in the fall. Kindergarten, 7th grade and 12th grade students have several requirements. All students in grades 7-12 need to show proof of a Tetanus Diphtheria booster shot and meningococcal vaccine after the age of 11 and meningococcal booster after age 16. A complete list of required immunizations is available on the Goodhue school webpage under the District tab →  Health Office →  Immunization Requirements.

SENIORS - Important Meningococcal Immunization Updates: All 12th grade students must be up to date with their Meningococcal immunizations. Students are due for a booster at age 16 to provide protection when they are at the highest risk. Since fall of 2020 all Minnesota schools are required to report to the state how many high school seniors have their second Meningococcal immunizations. Seniors must have this vaccine or have filled out conscientious objection paperwork prior to school starting September 7th. Now is the time to get these up to date!

What is meningococcal disease?

▪ Meningococcal disease is a rare, serious illness caused by a bacteria (Neisseria meningitidis). It can cause meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and spinal cord, and it can also cause blood infections.

How does meningococcal disease spread? ▪ Meningococcal disease is spread by contact with secretions (saliva or spit) from the nose and throat.

▪ It can be spread through kissing, sharing silverware, drinking directly from the same container, sharing a cigarette or lipstick, and having close social contact (living in the same household).

▪ It is not spread through casual contact, such as being in the same room or touching the same object.

Who is at risk?

▪ In general, the risk of becoming infected with meningococcal disease is low, but anyone can get it. However, some people are at increased risk, such as:

▪ First year college students who live in residential housing.

▪ People who have an immune disorder called complement component deficiency or who take Solaris (eculizumab).

▪ People with a damaged spleen or whose spleen has been removed.

When should I get my child vaccinated? All 11 to 12 year old students should be vaccinated (since Sept. 1, 2014, changes to Minnesota’s Immunization Law required this immunization for all students entering 7th grade). Older teens need a second shot when they are 16 years old so they stay protected when their risk is the highest. Teens who got meningococcal vaccine for the first time when they were 13, 14, or 15 years old should still get the booster shot when they are 16 years old. If your older teen didn’t get the meningococcal shot at all, you should talk to their doctor about getting it as soon as possible.