Should You Send Your Sick Child To Explorer Club or Little Explorers?

Please see the COVID-19 Guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health for information about symptoms, tests, and recommendations for staying home. We will follow these MDH Guidelines, and ask that you do the same.

We care about your child and all of the children and staff in our program. Parents and students often have questions about when it is appropriate for students to stay home from school because of illness. The following guidelines will help your decision.

Your child should stay home if:

• They have had a temperature of 100 degrees or higher in the past 24 hours. Students should be kept out of school for at least 24 hours after they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications.

• They have an uncontrolled cough.

• They have been diagnosed with strep throat. The student may return to school 24 hours after starting on an antibiotic.

• They have Pink Eye with thick white or yellow drainage and eye pain. An exam by a medical doctor is recommended.

• They have a rash that has not been identified and treated.

• They have vomited or had diarrhea within the past 24 hours.

• They feel too ill to remain in class and benefit from attending school.

• They have head lice; the district maintains a “no-nit” protocol, which means that any student with active head lice and/or nits (lice eggs) will be sent home from school.

• They are having pain that requires a narcotic/controlled medication for relief. Please discuss the management of chronic pain with the Health Office.

If your child will not be in school because of an illness please inform us by clicking on the Absent Today link and completing the form, or call the main line to excuse them for the day and leave a brief description of their symptoms. The Minnesota Department of Health gathers information from schools to better monitor and/or manage an outbreak of an illness or infection.

Please note: If your child takes any medication, including over-the-counter medicines or lotions, please submit the Medication Dispense Form. This is required. Help us keep your child safe!

Contact LILA’s front desk at 651-464-0771 and the Explorer Club/Little Explorers office at 651-252-6720 to report the absence.

What If Illnesses Happen At Explorer Club or Little Explorers?

Remember, if your child is too sick to go to school, your child cannot attend Explorer Club or Little Explorers. You should contact LILA’s front desk at 651-464-0771 and the Explorer Club /Little Explorers office at 651-252-6720 to report the absence.

But sometimes a child looks fine in the morning and becomes sick at the program. Then what?

  • If your child becomes sick at Explorer Club or Little Explorers, we send your child to the nurse’s office or another safe area away from others for his or her own comfort and to prevent spreading the illness. We notify a parent of the situation.
  • If we cannot reach a parent, we will call the emergency contact listed on your child’s registration form.
  • Staff will take appropriate measures to care for your child until a parent arrives.

See the FAQ and the 2020-2021 Parent Handbook and this IMPORTANT ADDENDUM for more information about attending our program.