Dear Clarkston Community Schools Families,
I am writing to share a public health advisory that was issued today by the Oakland County Health Department related to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). EEE is transmitted by mosquitoes and can sometimes be fatal. Though there have been no EEE cases reported in Oakland County, we are following this issue closely and are working with local officials to provide you with the best possible information.
At this time, we are not canceling outdoor evening events on our campuses, but we do recommend taking the following precautions in order to prevent mosquito bites if you plan on being outside.
- Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol as the active ingredient. Repellents containing a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically provide longer-lasting protection. Always follow the product label instructions.
- Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
- Limit outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. Do not prop open doors.
- Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
- Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
Our district has also scheduled the professional application of a mosquito repellent around our athletic fields at SMS, CJHS, and CHS tonight and tomorrow, when there are no scheduled outdoor events.
For more information about EEE, please read the Oakland County Health Department press release or visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services website.
Superintendent of Schools
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.
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