When does the school year start? How much does lunch cost? When should a child stay home? Those are just a few of the questions answered by the Owatonna School District's newsletter. The first day of class for K-5 students in Thursday, September 5.

Owatonna students in kindergarten through fifth grade will have individual interviews with their teachers before the first day of school, kindergarten students on Thursday, August 29 or September 3 while those in first through sixth grade will meet with their teacher Thursday, August 29, Tuesday, September 3 or Wednesday, September 4. Parents should have received a letter with information on registering for an interview.

Owatonna Nutrition Services looks to provide a variety of healthy, good-tasting options. Lunch costs $2.50 for elementary students, middle school students pay $2.55 and high schoolers $2.65. Reduced price meals are available to qualified families.

Health Services offers these guidelines on when parents should keep their child home. A child with a fever of 100 degrees or more should not return to school until 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal. If a child has been vomiting or had diarrhea, they should also stay home until 24 hours after the last episode. If a child has a rash of unknown origin, they should be checked out by the family doctor.

Any medication that needs to be administered at school, needs to have a form filled out. You will find information about chronic conditions and immunizations in the school district's email.

For those who haven't completed their school shopping, supply lists are available on the district's website.