Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) update in Newton

Dear Athletic families,

We are writing to update you on our athletic schedules given the recent warnings issued for the heightened risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in certain Massachusetts communities. At this time, Newton North, Newton South, and the middle schools will continue to participate in their fall sports season schedule.

Both athletic departments are coordinating with the Newton Health Department and are adhering to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines postponing or rescheduling outdoor activities that fall within 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM. As you know, Newton is listed at low risk for EEE cases.  Our host schools and community health partners at our away game sites have already taken steps, including rescheduling evening contests, to minimize risks.  These measures will remain in place until further notice.

We will continue to work with the Newton Health Department officials to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our students and staff.  If you have particular concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to your building principal, athletic director, or coach for your student-athlete.

What can I do to protect myself from mosquito-borne diseases? Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with an EPA-registered ingredient (DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8- diol (PMD)], or IR3535) 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% 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 to the skin.

It is recommended that Insect Repellent be used at all times when working or playing outdoors.

Thank you.