Concord Academy EEE Updates & Recommendations
The following guidelines and frequently asked questions (FAQs) were developed to help students practice good protective habits and to keep families informed of our latest plans.
Guidelines to minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes
- Bring appropriate mosquito repellent to campus and use it, particularly if going outside between dusk and dawn.
- We encourage you to also have your own supply of repellent. It will also be available from coaches, trainers, house faculty, and the Student Life Office.
- It is strongly recommended to wear mosquito repellent while outdoors, especially during all athletics games and practices; and
- Similarly, it is strongly recommended to wear long-sleeved clothing should you be outside for activities or practices.
- We suggest students not linger/congregate outside for extended periods between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m., the times when mosquitoes are most active.
- If you have applied mosquito repellent, make sure that you wash your hands before eating. In addition, you should shower before bed to wash off the repellent before getting into bed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the risk of contracting the EEE virus?
Historically, the risk of contracting EEE has been extremely rare. Fewer than 100 cases have occurred in Massachusetts since 1938. While there have been some recent cases in Massachusetts, that number remains below 10. There have been zero reported cases in the town of Concord.
Is there a vaccine for EEE?
No, there is no vaccine for EEE in humans.
What can I do to reduce my risk of being bitten by a mosquito?
Follow the guidelines listed above.
What I can I do as a parent to help and support?
The most important thing that you can do as a parent is to talk with your child to try to make sure that they are following the guidelines we have outlined. We ask that you speak with them, and encourage them to make responsible choices.
Has the campus been sprayed for mosquitoes?
In coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Town of Concord may be asked to spray if deemed necessary.
Are indoor evening activities still taking place?
Yes, all indoor activities including meals, clubs, music groups, and ensembles are still taking place.
Are outdoor activities still taking place?
Unless otherwise stated as changed, activities that take place during the day will go on as planned. However, we will not be hosting any outside evening activities between dusk and dawn.
Will mosquito repellent be available on campus?
Mosquito repellent containing DEET or picaridin will be made available in select areas across campus, including athletic fields, house faculty, and the student life office. We recommend you still bring your own as well.
How does this affect my sports practices or games?
Regular athletic practices end by 6:00 p.m., before the arrival of dusk. We are currently working with our school partners on the few late afternoon games that are scheduled this fall. As the fall season arrives and sunset occurs earlier, we will make appropriate adjustments.
When will the ban on nighttime activities be over?
We will follow MA health dept guidelines and it’s usually around the first frost that will kill the mosquitoes.