COVID-19 Update: The school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m.
Students attend three class periods each day.

Attendance is one of the most significant factors related to school achievement. The school, parents, and students share the responsibility of promoting regular attendance. Students are required to attend all of their classes in school as well as during distance learning. Attendance will be taken each class period.

To report an absence: Use the ON-LINE ATTENDANCE FORM or call the Middle School attendance line 651-407-2208 by 9:30 AM on the day of the absence. *Please note: the MMS attendance phone-line will eventually be disconnected - replaced with the On-Line Attendance form. Students may also bring in a written excuse to the main office. If the school is not contacted concerning an absence, the absence will be considered unexcused. Parents will be contacted after three unexcused absences. Continued unexcused absences will result in a referral to the Washington County Truancy Diversion Program. The entire Student Attendance Policy #503 can be found on the district website or is available at the school or district office.

Attendance Secretary email: joyce.rohrig@isd832.net     phone: 651-407-2202     ON-LINE ATTENDANCE FORM

Students are expected to be on time for each class - including distant learners. If students are habitually tardy to school the office may assign an after school detention. Parents can and should FREQUENTLY review attendance records by logging into their ParentVue account and make corrections to attendance within 3 days of the absence.


New to Mahtomedi Middle School - the On-Line Attendance Form
The On-Line Absence Reporting Form will help expedite accurate attendance reporting. After completing the form, MMS and the parent will be notified by e-mail of the absence, late arrival, or early dismissal. Please be aware that the parent alert will go to the e-mail submitted on the absence form.


*Please call the Health Office directly to inform health staff of specific health care information or needs at 651-407-2216.
 
Mahtomedi Schools COVID-19

The health and safety of our school community is a top priority. The school district will work in partnership with families to ensure that students attending onsite school do not have signs of infectious illness. It is important to stress that keeping ill students home will not only prevent the spread of COVID-19 but will protect the rest of the school community from possible classroom or building closures for quarantine purposes. Ill students will not be allowed in any district buildings and will be able to participate in class through distance learning. 

This letter is to inform families regarding the expectations for illness symptom screening and quarantine requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. Mahtomedi Public Schools will follow guidance from the MN Department of Health & the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will continue to update the information as new guidance is received.

This information is contained in our COVID-19 Protocols document and is available on our School Year Planning web page.

Mahtomedi Public Schools - COVID-19 Symptom Screening and Quarantine Requirements

Check for Illness Every Day

  • Parents or guardians should monitor their student(s) for signs of infectious illness every day. 
  • It will be an expectation that all students, staff, and visitors screen for illness before entering any district building or participating in school-related activities. 

School or Activity Attendance

  • Students who are sick should not attend school in-person or participate in activities.
  • There will be signs posted at all entrances of our buildings that will remind students, staff, and visitors that they are not to enter the building if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 or any other infectious illness. 
  • Staff will monitor the health of students throughout the day. If a student comes to school with symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness; the student will be assessed by the Building RN and the parent or guardian will be called and they, or emergency contact, will be expected to pick up their student within 30 minutes. 

COVID-19 Symptoms (Click here to access our Daily Home Screening Checklist)
According to the MN Department of Health, the following is a current list of COVID-19 symptoms: 

New onset of  cough or shortness of breath by themselves OR at least 2 of the following: 

  • fever (100.4ºF or higher)
  • headache
  • chills 
  • muscle pain 
  • sore throat
  • fatigue
  • congestion
  •  loss of sense of smell or taste
  •  gastrointestinal symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, or nausea 

Positive COVID-19 Test of COVID-19 Symptoms

  • Families need to report a positive test to the school nurse ASAP and within 12 hours of diagnosis. The school nurse will provide the parent or guardian with details of the return to school instructions.
  • A person who tests positive or displays COVID-19 symptoms will need to be quarantined for 10 calendar days after the diagnosis or symptom onset.
  • Someone who tested positive can return to school after 10 days of being quarantined provided they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication and their symptoms have greatly improved.

COVID-19 Close Contact
Close Contact as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health is spending 15 minutes of time less than 6 feet from someone who has COVID-19 disease. 

  • Any person who was in close contact with a COVID positive person needs to be quarantined for 14 days.

Other Illness
According to the MN Department of Health: If a person has a new symptom (for example, new loss of smell only) with no other diagnosis to explain it, they should stay home and talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19, even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing. For any other diagnosed illness, stay home until symptoms have improved and follow the current district policy for parameters on when to return to school. Call the health office to report each day absent, or for further guidance regarding return to school.  

Resources

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact District Nurse, Megan McMahon at 651-407-2169 or megan.mcmahon@isd832.net
 
Illness besides COVID-19 - Should I Send My Child to School?
Many students and parents are concerned about when students should stay home or attend school. If your child is absent due to illness, please complete the On-line Attendance form. 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.


Please call the Attendance Line or On-line Attendance form from the school your child attends on the day/days they will be absent from school.
High School Attendance Site: click here
Middle School Attendance Site: click here or call 651-407-2208 

*Please note: the MMS attendance phone-line will eventually be disconnected - replaced with the On-Line Attendance form.
OH Anderson Attendance Line: 651-407-2308
Wildwood Attendance Line:
651-407-2108