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Illness Prevention


Illness prevention is the first line of defense


The following are recommended measures that can lower the risk of illness, including COVID-19:

  • Frequent and thorough handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is recommended.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover the mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces with a disinfectant product.
  • Avoid sharing of drinking cups, food, and other personal items.
  • Stay at home if you are ill to minimize the transmission of illness and disease.

It is important that parents communicate with their child’s teacher if they are out with illness.


Students should remain at home from school with the following symptoms
of common illness or disease
  • Temperature of 100 degrees or greater. Students should be fever-free without use of a fever-reducing medication for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea. Students should remain at home until they have stopped vomiting for at least 24 hours and are able to tolerate fluids and solid foods.
  • Sore throat that is accompanied by fatigue, body aches, and fever.
  • A persistent/disruptive cough lasting for more than a few days or with fever.
  • Eye discomfort with itching, redness, pain, and drainage.
  • Skin rash suggestive of a communicable disease. Scroll down for more information on what to do if your child has been seen for a communicable disesase.


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We request a physician note if your child has seen a physician and been out with a communicable disease.  If the illness has been accompanied by a rash, we ask that any blisters or open sores be healed before returning to school. Presently, the evolving path of the Coronavirus is difficult to predict.  Our District Medical Advisor, Dr. Michael Blefeld, the Ledge Light Health District, and the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health are available to assist us with any emergency planning as needed.  Our intent is to stay current with the information and guidance given by the CDC, the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and Ledge Light Health District.

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Please note that the details surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak change daily