Enteroviruses are very common viruses, and fall is a common time for enterovirus to cause respiratory illness. While enterovirus D68 infections are less common than other viral infections, cases of enterovirus D68 have been identified in Minnesota.

Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely than adults to get infected and become sick. Symptoms can include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, rash and fever. There are no vaccines for preventing enterovirus D68 infections.

The enterovirus D68 does not live long outside the body. Once a surface is dry, it likely does not contain live virus.

Preventing the spread of enterovirus and other viruses in schools

If your child is showing symptoms of any illness, please keep your student home.

Use good hygiene:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
  • Use standard disinfection procedures for surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are not effective against enteroviruses, which is why hand washing is so important. 

Osseo Area Schools strives to promote a healthy school environment. School staff actively takes preventative measures to stop the spread of germs and viruses. Our district nurse is in touch with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for all outbreaks of communicable diseases and follows MDH guidance.

More information about enterovirus

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Minnesota Department of Health

-Published Sept. 29, 2014

PL50Palmer Lake Elementary recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with an open house where current and former students and staff gathered to reminisce and celebrate a lifetime of learning inspired within the walls of the school. 

Some of the memories shared at the open house include:

  • The cafeteria wasn’t operational for much of the first year, so students ate in their classrooms every day.
  • During the first few years, teachers took their students on long walkabouts around the acreage surrounding the school as there were no houses built at that time.
  • One former student (now an adult), returned, determined to, “face the demon that has haunted him for year,” and demanded to climb the rope in the gym. Staff obliged, and he climbed it.
  • Staff used to have parties in the nearby potato fields (Fridays after school).
  • One attendee claims he got his first kiss in Ms. Skolnick’s room (years ago, not at the open house party.)

More photos

-Published Sept. 25, 2014