Health Screening:

Daily health screenings are recommended.  Prior to coming to school each day a basic health screen of school age children is a practice that keeps everyone safe.  If students or staff don’t feel well, they should stay home until symptoms have subsided.  A health screening should answer the following questions:

1. Do you have ONE OR MORE of these symptoms?

☐ Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, ☐ Difficulty/hard time breathing,  ☐ New cough or a cough that gets worse, ☐ New loss of taste or smell

2. Do you have AT LEAST TWO of these symptoms?

☐ Sore throat,  ☐ Nausea, ☐ Vomiting,  ☐ Diarrhea, ☐ Chills, ☐ Muscle pain, ☐ Excessive fatigue/feels very tired, ☐ New severe/very bad headache, ☐ New nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose

If the answer to either question is yes, students or staff should stay home until symptoms subside.  It is also recommended a COVID 19 test be completed prior to returning to school.  As in the past, children who are experiencing symptoms of an illness; whether it is flu, STREP, or COVID will be sent home.  Each building will maintain an isolation area for this purpose from where parents will pick up their child.

Isolation and Quarantine:

The process for positive cases and close contacts are:

       If a child or staff member tests positive for COVID, they will be expected to stay in isolation for 5 days and can return on day 6 provided a face covering is worn in school on days 6-10.  Household members identified as close contacts will be expected to quarantine for 10 days from point of last contact with the positive case.  If a child or staff member who is a household close contact completes a test between day 3-5 and the results are negative, the child or staff member may return to school on day 6 provided a face covering is worn in school on days 6-10. 

       Non-household member students identified as close contacts will be notified of potential exposure and informed of quarantine recommendations.

       Close contacts who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days do not need to quarantine or test unless symptoms appear.


While the determination on whether or not to get vaccinated for COVID 19 completely rests with the individual, Montevideo Public School’s administration recommends all staff and students ages 12 and up be vaccinated.


COVID Community Liaison: (for COVID-related questions or reporting)

McKayla Castaneda: (Grades K-12)
Phone: 320-269-6446, Ext. 1108


School Nurses: (for non-COVID or general health questions)

Jazell Holverson: (Grades K-3)
Phone: 320-269-6584, Ext. 4227

Sarah Smiens:
 (Grades 4-12)
Phone: 320-269-6446, Ext. 1173 or 320-269-6431, Ext. 2161