July 1, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Tolland, and Windham Counties in Low/Green the as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map. Only Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven Counties are listed in the Medium/Yellow category. Residents who live in the Medium /Yellow counties who are at a high risk for severe illness, should talk to their health care provider about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.

Extreme Heat and Schools

The Connecticut Department of Public Health sometimes receives calls about heat waves during the school season. It is important to know that there are no laws or public health codes regarding excessive heat in school buildings resulting from elevated outdoor temperatures. In addition, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will not take calls regarding residences, office environments, or schools where the only heat source is from weather conditions, like a heat wave.
 
There are no specific recommendations for when to close a school during excessive heat. This decision is made at the local school district level. In the past, some school officials have chosen to shorten the school day to limit exposure to extreme heat. 
 
Here are ways to help students and staff beat the heat:
  • Allow frequent breaks for drinks. Don't wait to get thirsty to drink. Drink fluids low in sugar as drinks with a lot of sugar make you lose more body fluid.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. If you know hot weather is coming your way, recommend ahead of time to parents that they dress their children appropriately.
  • Limit outdoor activity. Try to keep children indoors and somewhere cool in extreme heat.
  • Limit physical activity.
  • Turn off unnecessary electronics. Electronic equipment can give off heat.
  • Consider using opaque, heat-absorbing curtains for windows.