FRAMINGHAM – Framingham Superintendent of Schools has announced indoor recess for students until the first frost due to mosquitoes with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
There are now seven cases of EEE in the state. One person has died.
“It is very important for people in communities at high risk for EEE to take personal precautions against mosquito bites. These steps include using EPA-approved mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants outdoors to reduce exposed skin, removing standing water around our homes, and cancelling outdoor activities in the hours from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active. In an abundance of caution and in consultation with the City’s Department of Public Health, recess for students will be held indoors until we have had the first frost of the season,” said Tremblay in an email.
“The City of Framingham has provided aerosol spraying to control mosquitoes throughout our community during the past two weeks. Last Monday evening, aerial spraying began in parts of Framingham. You can read more about the aerial spraying and information about the pesticide that was used here. Our regional mosquito control program, is planning more street-level spraying this coming week. Because the City has engaged in these proactive activities, the district will not be spraying pesticides on or around our campuses. In addition, because of strict guidelines for use of chemicals in schools, the district will not be providing mosquito repellent to students. Feel free to apply repellent to your child before they come to school. Students should not bring repellent to school,” said Tremblay.
“Due to this increased EEE risk level to critical, our city’s Board of Health held an emergency meeting last Friday and voted to prohibit all outdoor events from dusk to dawn in all city-owned facilities,” sai Tremblay.
“This new requirement will last until we have the first frost of the season. As such, our Athletic Department and High School Marching Band is cooperating fully with the Board of Health’s new requirement and are making the necessary changes to sports schedules in cooperation with the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA). As games are rescheduled, the Athletic Department and coaches will communicate those changes to families, coaches, and athletes. Please check the www.flyerathletics.com website for changes that may occur as we monitor and respond to future EEE advisories.,” said Tremblay.
“We will continue to let the safety of our school community members guide our decision making. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work together in the best interest of our children,” said Tremblay.