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Mosquito Information and Update

September 2019

 

Dear NPS Families,

 

I write to you to share information on the precautions we are taking in the Newton Public Schools related to EEE and West Nile Virus. Newton remains a LOW risk community in the state for both EEE and WNV. Given the LOW risk level, the Newton Health and Human Services Department advises precautions as listed in this fact sheet.

 

NPS has taken the following actions given the elevated risk levels in other parts of the state:

  • Outdoor field trips to locations in “high” or “critical” risk areas have been cancelled.
  • Planned outdoor evening activities will be moved indoors if possible. If held outside, the Newton Health and Human Services Department advises wearing insect repellant and long sleeves/pants. (Parents/caregivers should apply/provide repellant.)
  • At this time, the Newton Health and Human Services Department is not advising cancelling outdoor evening activities.
  • At this time, outdoor activities during the day (recess and physical education) do not require modification.
  • Our athletic directors are working with impacted towns to adjust game schedules as necessary, based upon risk level. If your student's game is rescheduled or cancelled, you will hear from the coach or the athletic director at your school.
  • Should the risk level change, these actions will be re-evaluated.

For more information, please visit:

 

http://www.newtonma.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=1124&TargetID=31 

https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

 

We will continue to work closely with our partners in the Newton Health and Human Services Department to monitor the situation and will make adjustments as necessary. Newton HHS is working together with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project to assess the situation in our community.  We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

 

Sincerely,

David Fleishman