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Important Health Update: Mosquito-Borne Viruses and Vaping

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,

Brookline's Director of Health and Human Services, Dr. Swannie Jett, recently released important information about mosquito-borne viruses and about vapingWe are writing to share the attached public health advisories with you.


Mosquito-Borne Viruses 
The Town of Brookline remains a low-risk community with regard to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and a moderate-risk community with regard to West Nile Virus (WNV).

At this time, outdoor activities during the day (recess and physical education) do not require modification. The Brookline Public Health Department is not advising that outdoor evening activities be cancelled at this time, but they do advise wearing insect repellent and long sleeves/pants from dusk to dawn. 

The PSB Athletic Department is in regular contact with neighboring communities related to scheduled athletic events. Any rescheduling or adjustment to athletic events will take place as necessary, with input from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.


Vaping
The Brookline Public Health Department cautions the Brookline community about the dangers associated with vaping. The attached advisory has additional information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Given the importance of this public health matter to our community, the Public Schools of Brookline has scheduled a parent presentation about vaping for late October. We invite all parents and guardians to join us, and we especially hope that those who have middle school and high school students will attend. Here are the details:

The Truth About Vaping
Monday, October 28
7:00-8:30pm
Brookline High School Auditorium

More information about these public health issues can be found on the Town of Brookline website.

Sincerely,

Ben Lummis
Interim Superintendent