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Posted on: August 27, 2019

APS information on EEE

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.

DPH EEE

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

  • Limit outdoor activities during peak mosquito hours. Consider cancelling or rescheduling planned outdoor evening events and activities. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellent.
  • Clothing can help reduce mosquito bites: Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks while outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply insect repellent if you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied directly to your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain standing water: Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or repair window and door screens: Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

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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.  





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