Many thanks to the members of the Hemlock Grange #182 0f Portland who today made their annual visit to Gildersleeve School in order to deliver a gift dictionary to all grade three students. THANK YOU Hemlock GRANGE # 182 MEMBERS!
The Portland Board of Education includes two non-voting student representatives who serve in an advisory capacity to represent the interests of students in the Portland Public Schools, particularly Portland High School. These student board members represent their peers by communicating student opinions to the BOE and reporting Board deliberations and actions to the student body through the Student Senate.
I am delighted that Olivia Runte (2020) and Justin Renk (2021) are serving this important role during the 2019-2020 school year. Olivia and Justin are wonderful student advocates and their leadership skills on the BOE are quite evident!
In response to the potential increase in Eastern Equine Encephalitis disease carrying mosquitoes, Portland Public Schools is joining many other school districts in the region in limiting outdoor activities after dusk. The following precautions will be in place as of Wednesday, September 18, 2019 and will remain until the first hard frost.
In addition, our students were scheduled to attend a field trip to Hammonassett Beach State Park tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, we are going to postpone the field trip until October 30th due to guidelines recently released by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. The language in the letter states, “The DPH advises against unnecessary trips into mosquito breeding grounds and marshes as the mosquitoes that transmit the EEE virus are associated with freshwater swamps and are most active at dusk and dawn.”
While no other field trips are being rescheduled at this time, future action may be necessary depending on weather conditions such as a hard frost in our region.
Chatham Health District is recommending that residents take the following steps to prevent diseases transmitted by mosquitos:
Thank you for understanding our response to the guidance from the Connecticut Department of Health.
Superintendent Philip O'Reilly invites parents, students, and community members to comment.