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September 8, 2019 // EEE Update from Haynes School

Dear Haynes Community,

By now you are likely aware that a Sudbury student has contracted Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has upgraded Sudbury’s risk level to Critical.  This weekend, town and public health officials, the Sudbury Police Department and Sudbury Public Schools officials worked together and in collaboration with state officials to develop plans to open school tomorrow as safely and with as much normalcy as possible for our students and their families.  

As of this morning the perimeter of the Haynes School campus has been sprayed with pesticide (Mavrik Perimeter) to reduce the total number of mosquitoes.  This application is in addition to spraying being done along all town roads. We are also working to remove any standing water on our property.   

Out of an abundance of caution, the following additional measures will be in place until further notice at all Sudbury elementary schools:

-- All recesses will take place indoors.  Our staff will develop a plan to make use of available indoor space to provide movement breaks and active activities throughout the day for individual classes as well as grades together.
-- School Picture Day will take place indoors this year.
-- HOP outdoor activities will be postponed until further notice.
-- Sudbury Extended Day (SED) will shift its programming indoors.

As always, students will not be released from school buses until doors open at 8:45 a.m.  If your child walks to school, please plan so that he/she does not arrive at school prior to 8:45 a.m.  Students will continue to line up indoors at dismissal as usual, and be released only once each student’s car has arrived.  

Tomorrow in school, classroom teachers will share with students that we will not have outdoor recess for awhile, and that we will return outside when adults decide that we should.  We will acknowledge that students may be disappointed by the temporary move to indoor recess, as well as that students may have heard concerns about being bitten by mosquitoes. We will share that usually, the worst thing that happens when you get a mosquito bite is that it itches, and that getting sick from a mosquito bite is very, very rare, but we want to do our best to stay extra safe.

I encourage you to preview and discuss with your children the expected change in routine at school, and recommended precautions, like applying insect repellent, wearing appropriate clothing and ending outdoor activities by dusk.  

I invite you to visit the Sudbury Public Schools Social/Emotional Resources website for helpful information about talking to students about challenging topics.  I also encourage you to visit the Town of Sudbury website (sudbury.ma.us) for more information, the latest updates and resources for you and your family.  

Please be in touch with us with any questions or concerns, or if the Haynes staff and I can be of assistance in any way.  

Sincerely,

Jeff LaBroad
Principal