Covid-19 attendance guide for parents & families

The COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families lays out a number of scenarios and appropriate steps for children, students and staff. There is also a Home Screening Tool for COVID-19 for parents and guardians. 

A message from the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet and its partner agencies:

We recognize that it is frustrating to hear that your child cannot return to care quickly when they are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19. That’s why is it so important that we all work together to stay as safe and well as possible by not gathering in large groups, wearing a mask, washing our hands often and practicing social distancing when we are not at child care.

We will be using the COVID-19 Decision Tree for People in Schools, Youth, and Child Care Programs to screen for our programs and ask you to do the same at home. The COVID-19 Attendance Guide for Parents and Families is also a resource, laying out a number of scenarios and appropriate steps for children, students and staff as well as a Home Screening Tool for COVID-19.

Minnesotans are known to tough it out when we are ill no matter what. We cannot do that during this public health crisis. We urge children and staff to stay home when sick or when they have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. This is our best tool to fight this pandemic.

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Covid-19 most recent communication from Cotter Schools

Letter from sister judy september 20, 2020

Cotter School's Covid-19 coordinator

The Cotter Schools COVID-19 coordinator is the point of contact for all buildings and departments. This person will communicate concerns, challenges, and lessons learned related to COVID-19 preventive activities as needed with employees, students/families, school and leadership, and local health officials. Questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 should be emailed to

Cotter School's Covid-19 preparedness plan

The Cotter School's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is our preferred response to safely operating Cotter Schools. This Preparedness plan was created using the Minnesota Department of Health 2020-2021 Planning Guide for Schools, consultation with the Minnesota Department of Education, Cotter Leadership Team, and Winona County.

This decision tree applies to children, students, or staff members who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Symptoms consistent with COVID-19 fall into two groups:
  • More common symptoms are one or more of these: fever of 100.4℉ or higher, new onset and/or worsening cough, difficulty breathing, and new loss of taste or smell.
  • Less common symptoms are two or more of these: sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain, excessive fatigue, new onset of severe headache, and new onset of nasal congestion or runny nose



If you or someone you know needs help, please email “Cotter Cares”


We recognize the financial and economic implications of a time like this on all of us. We want to assure you that we will make every accommodation to adjust your tuition payments, if necessary. If you need help with this, please email: