Should I send my child to school?

Many students and parents are concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. If you child is absent due to illness, please call the school attendance line (EV, MS, HS). It is very helpful to us for tracking purposes to know the symptoms your child is experiencing. 

The following information is intended to help with this decision. If the student:

- Has a fever of 100 degrees or more
The student should stay home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.

- Has vomited or had diarrhea
The student should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.

- Has any rash for which you do not know the cause
Check with your family physician/clinic before sending the student to school.

- Has an illness
Keep the student at home and call the school daily to report the illness. If a child becomes ill at school, parents or the designated emergency contact is notified.

** First aid is provided to students with minor injuries. If the injury is serious, 911 will be called and parents will be notified.

School Policy


In order to attend school, students must show they're in compliance with Minnesota State Immunization Requirements.A copy of the student's current immunization record must be on file at school.

Click here to see the MN Department of Health website for more immunization information.

Medication Policy

Pequot Lakes Public Schools medication policy states that medication will be administered at school only with a physician's order and parent permission. This includes over-the-counter as well as prescription medication. Parents must provide documentation to the nurse which will be kept on file in the nurse's office. 

Medication forms are available under the Forms section at the bottom of this page and directly from the school nurse office. Please call or email your school nurse for more information.


All Pequot Lakes schools have defibrillators on site. These defibrillators were funded by North Crow Wing First Responders, American Legion Post 49, Ideal Township and the "Take Heart Program" at Essentia/St Joseph's Medical Center. Thousands of deaths occur each year as the result of sudden cardiac arrest; CPR alone helps by providing the brain with oxygenated blood, but CPR is not enough to correct the underlying heart problem. The electric shock provided by the defibrillator, if provided in a timely manner, will provide a much better chance at a survival rate.

Defibrillators are located:

  • Outside the high school office near the commons area
  • Near Door #7 on the west side of the building
  • Hallway of high school gyms near community ed office
  • Outside of middle level office down west hallway
  •  Near the office/nurse's office in the hall across from the elevator
  • Outside of ECFE classrooms

Influenza Information

When the snow flies we know that the flu can't be far behind. Symptoms of influenza can come on quickly and include:
 >>fever, cough, sore throat, headache, extreme fatigue, and body aches. 

Influenza is an upper respiratory infection and does not involve vomiting or diarrhea. 

The best way to prevent influenza is with an annual flu shot. Please consider a flu shot for you and your children; it is not too late.

How is the flu different from a cold?

A cold generally stays up in the head while the flu brings body aches, fever, and extreme fatigue. A person with a cold will usually keep up his or her normal activities, while someone with the flu will often feel too sick to do so.

Report your child's symptoms

When calling to report your student’s absence, please describe the symptoms of the illness and report any confirmed diagnoses (influenza, strep throat, etc). This helps the health services department track illness within the district to help prevent further infections. 

Flu Facts and Vaccine Information

Minnesota Department of Health Flu Information 

CDC Flu Information

Mental Health

Emotional challenges both in school and at home can be difficult for students to deal with at times. We provide several avenues to help students through the social and emotional challenges they may be facing. We have two family collaborative workers on-site along with a school social worker. 

Students needing help and support with mental health issues can access these services by visiting the nurse's office, talking to their school counselor, or visiting with the family collaborative workers directly. 

More information is available via the links below or by speaking with one of the contacts listed below. 

Building Contacts
Elementary - Eileen Nelson 
ph. (218) 562-6103

Middle Level - Christina Kavanaugh 
ph. (218) 568-9285

High School - Ali Ross
ph. (218) 568-9215

Prevent the
Spread of Illness

> Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often

> Cover your cough or sneeze using a facial tissue or your sleeve

> Sick? Stay home!

> Do not share drinking cups and straws

> Clean surfaces often