September 23, 2003
TEMPERATURE REQUIREMENTS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDINGS
By: Saul Spigel, Chief Analyst
You asked if state law sets minimum or maximum temperatures allowable in public schools or for outdoor recess activities.
Connecticut law does not specifically address minimum or maximum allowable temperatures in public school buildings. The statutes state that a temperature under 65 degrees Fahrenheit in an occupied building operating as a business or office is injurious to its occupants. The law allows the public health commissioner to adopt regulations setting a higher minimum temperature, but this has not been done. The owner of a building, or his agent, who wilfully fails to provide sufficient heat is subject to a fine of up to $ 100, imprisonment for up to 60 days, or both (CGS § 19a-109).
The law does not set a maximum temperature for public school buildings or a maximum or minimum temperature for outdoor recess; neither do State Department of Education regulations or guidelines.