FRAMINGHAM – McAuliffe Charter School informed middle school parents today, September 9, it will hold outdoor recess, and sports games, but due to the EEE threat, will stop activity by dusk.
The City of Framingham and other nearby cities and towns including Ashland, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, and Sudbury have been designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as communities at critical risk for the threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
EEE is a rare but serious disease that is spread to humans through mosquito bites. It is very important for people in communities at critical risk for EEE to take personal precautions against mosquito bites.
“McAuliffe will continue to hold recess outdoors as well as adventure and wellness classes,” said Executive Director Kristin Harrison today, in a memo to parents.
“We highly recommend that students apply insect repellent prior to coming to school each morning. Additionally, indoor recess will be an option for students,” said Harrison.
“All McAuliffe afterschool activities that take place outside, including enrichment, cross country practices/meets, and soccer try-outs/practices/games, will wrap up before 6 p.m.,” said the director.
The public, regional middle school has several team-building trips planned for each grade level, all of which will take place in the woods.
Here is an update on those trips:
- 6th Grade Berkshire Outdoor Center, Oct 2 – 4 Overnight: This trip is located in Becket, MA where there is currently a “remote risk” according to the state’s Health and Human Services Department. We plan for this trip to happen as scheduled.
- 7th Grade Hopkinton YMCA, Oct 3 Day Trip: This trip is located at the MetroWest YMCA Outdoor Center in Hopkinton, MA. Hopkinton and nearby Ashland are currently designated “critical risk.” As of now, the trip will happen as scheduled. All students should apply insect repellent prior to the trip and wear pants/long sleeve clothing.
- 8th Grade Hale Reservation, Oct 17 & 18 Day Trips: This trip is located at Hale Reservation in Dover, MA which is currently designated “moderate risk.” We plan for this trip to happen as scheduled. All students should apply insect repellent prior to the trip and wear pants/long sleeve clothing.
“McAuliffe will monitor the level of EEE in the vicinity of each outdoor site including the prevalence of humans testing positive for EEE. We will also communicate with the staff at each site to ensure that they find the site to be safe for school trips. If the host site does find their site to be safe, trips will be canceled or rescheduled,” wrote Harrison.
There have been seven cases of EEE in Massachusetts, one fatal.
The lastest cases were an Ashland man and a girl, 5, in Sudbury who tested positive.
” We will continue to monitor the presence of mosquitoes on our campus and in the vicinity of upcoming trips and make adjustments to our plan, as needed, over the coming weeks. Thank you for guiding your child(ren) to be proactive by wearing repellent and pants/long sleeves,” said Harrison.
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