COVID-19 Rapid Testing Not Available to Excuse Students from Quarantine Periods

A message from ISD 518 Superintendent John Landgaard:

Following school board discussion and working with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), it has been determined that COVID-19 rapid testing may not be used to excuse a student from a quarantine period after a known exposure to someone with COVID-19. If your student needs to be quarantined, district staff will contact you directly with more information.

District 518 will continue working with MDE and MDH to ensure the best safety requirements and practices for our students and staff are followed. Please continue to observe MDH and CDC recommendations such as wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance, and staying home when sick to help keep our district community healthy and safe. For more information, visit MDE’s webpage containing COVID-19 resources at

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