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The Red Wing School District COVID Response Team issued a reminder to all of Red Wing High School students and families regarding self-screening. 

With a little over 1,000 students back in the building last week -- the time since March 2020 when all students in all grades could be opt for in-person learning -- it critical that everyone mitigation procedures. 

"For the most part our students have done a wonderful job with this. However, to prevent further spread of COVID and limit the chances of having to quarantine large numbers of students due to close contact, it is also very important to self-assess your health prior to arriving at school," Principal George Nemanich said in an email.

Shanda Jorgenson, safety consultant and the response team lead, provided a student health screening checklist:

Take your temperature every day.

Answer the following questions:

1. Do I have a fever 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher?

2. Do I have a new cough or a cough that is getting worse?

3. Do I have difficulty/hard time breathing?

4. Do I have a new loss of taste or smell?

4. Do I have two of the following symptoms:

• Sore throat

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Diarrhea

• Chills

• Muscle pain

• Extreme fatigue/feeling very tired

• New severe/very bad headache

• New nasal congestion/stuffy or runny nose?

If a student answers yes to any of the above questions, he or she should not come to school. 

"We are hopeful that by following this checklist each morning we can keep COVID cases, and the quarantining of students in close contact to COVID cases, to a minimum this spring and continue with our full in-person learning model," Nemanich said.

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