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Principal's Letter 10-1-15

posted Oct 3, 2015, 5:50 PM by Massabesic highschool
Hi All! As you heard from Dr. Davis late this afternoon, West Nile Virus infected mosquito larvae have been found in our district. Many of you may recall in recent years several of our neighboring school districts faced this concern as well as us previously, four years ago. The major concern then as well as now in regards to student and staff health is in regards to school activities at dusk.

Even though we have previous experience in dealing with this concern, Mr. Scully our Activities Director has been in communication with school's around us to see what, if any adjustments they may have made regarding this concern. The ideas suggested by the CDC have not changed since we last dealt with this issue and neither have the steps taken by our neighbors. We will again take similar precautions.

Mosquitos are most active at dusk and since we do have some activities that take place at dusk and beyond we will be taking the following precautions to support students and staff:

1.We are providing to all teams insect repellent to be used at practices and           games on our campus for the foreseeable future. It is the student's and       
    parent/guardian's choice if they want to use what we supply.
2. We will maintain a supply of insect repellent with our trainer to be used
    whenever needed.
3. We are suggesting to our students and staff to wear clothing that covers  
    exposed skin whenever possible and practical, long sleeves / pants / socks etc.
4. Students will be expected to stay out of the woods at all times.

The final decision on whether or not our student-athletes attend practices and/or our student-athletes and student body attend games at MHS, at dusk rests with each of you. At this time we have decided not to cancel any events being held at MHS.

We will continue to communicate with local and state agencies and will update you if and when new information becomes available to us.
My best,
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