One of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of infection is to wash hands frequently.  Please see this guidance about hand washing.

Respiratory Illness

Updated Protocol for Respiratory Illness March 2024

Public Q&A Respiratory Guidance March 2024 

State of Connecticut Respiratory Viruses -School Childcare updated March 2024 Respiratory Guidance

Application of Sunscreen in School


Students with any medical condition, which, within the school setting, may expose others to disease or contagious/infectious conditions may be excluded from school and referred for medical diagnosis and treatment. If necessary, consultation with the school’s Medical Director may be necessary. 

If a student becomes ill while at school, the student will be sent to the nurse to be evaluated.  The school nurse will determine if a child will be dismissed for illness. 

If your student has:


If a student has symptoms of conjunctivitis or Pink Eye they are to refrain from attending school until they are evaluated by a provider and therapy is implemented.


Students with a temperature of 100.5*F or more, will not be permitted to stay in school and should not return until they have been without a fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.   Please note a fever can be a dynamic process and an increase in temperature may occur while at school.  If other symptoms are reported in conjunction with a higher than normal temperature, a decision to dismiss may be made.

Vomiting, Diarrhea

If your student has vomiting or diarrhea, please keep your child home and should not return to school for 24 hours after the last episode.   Students who have vomiting or diarrhea will be dismissed.

Head Lice (Pediculosis): 

If your student has been identified as having a case of head lice, notify the school nurse for consultation.  The student is required to start treatment prior to returning to school.

Respiratory Illnesses

Reentry to school will be determined based upon individual circumstances and research-based guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local Public Health Department and the Connecticut State Department of Education.

Return to School 

Guidelines for when a student should return to school after specific illnesses are listed below. Some students may need to stay out of school longer based on individual circumstances. All communicable diseases should be reported to the school nurse as soon as possible.

Ear Infections/ Strep Throat/Scarlet Fever

Once a student is diagnosed, they may return after one (1) full day (24 hours) on medication and fever-free for twenty-four (24) hours without fever reducing medicine. 


Any rash associated with a fever should be checked by the student’s healthcare provider. Your student should not return to school until the rash subsides or until a healthcare provider has determined it is not infectious.

Mononucleosis: Must return to school with a note from the provider indicating the level of activity and duration of restriction. 

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

May return to school when the child has had 24 hours of medication and no active drainage from  eyes. 

Head Lice/ Pediculosis

A parent must contact the nurse to confirm treatment has started prior to returning to school. 

Strains, sprains, fractures ,etc. 

A provider’s note is required when a student is excused from full or partial participation in physical education or recess activities. A provider’s note is also required permitting the student to return to normal physical education and recess activities.


Food Allergies

New England Dairy Council

Northeast District Department of Health

State Department of Education