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As you know, the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has affected a number of communities in Massachusetts, including the town of Andover. On Monday, August 26, 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health elevated the risk level from “moderate” to “high.”As we prepare to welcome students back to school, APS would like to offer information in collaboration with the Town of Andover’s Health Division.
Based on this new designation from the state, the Town of Andover and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are advising residents to conclude all outdoor events by 7:30 p.m. The effective time will roll back as the time of sunset changes as we approach fall. The outdoor activity restriction will be in effect until the first hard frost, and will be lifted after consultation with mosquito control and state health officials.
APS has taken a number of preventative steps due to this advisory, including the adjustment of the times of outdoor activities, such as athletic games and practices. Coaches and advisors have been instructed to end activities well before sundown for the protection and safety of our students.
Updated APS student-athlete schedules can be found here.We understand that there may be concerns regarding students waiting at the bus stop in the morning or playing at recess; the time of day where mosquitoes are most active is from dusk (sunset) to dawn (sunrise), and there is no need to limit outdoor time during the day per the Town of Andover’s Health Division.
We still advise all residents to take the following precautions to minimize risk:
Avoid Mosquito Bites
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
The safety of our students is always our first priority. We look forward to welcoming you back to school for the 2019-20 school year.