The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today that a deceased deer in Kent County was found to have Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). While no human cases have been identified, community members are encouraged to understand and implement the following advisory. East Grand Rapids Public Schools has been actively monitoring this concern in coordination with the City of East Grand Rapids since the first reports of EEE in neighboring Michigan counties.
MDHHS and the Kent County Health Department are urging residents to take steps to protect themselves from EEE and West Nile Virus (WNV). The MDHHS is encouraging local officials in Kent County to consider postponing, rescheduling, or canceling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly activities that involve children.
In light of the MDHHS recommendation, EGRPS is in the process of reviewing all scheduled after school and evening outdoor activities for the remainder of this week.
Note the following EGRPS event changes and cancellations for Thursday and Friday, September 26 and September 27, 2019:
Tonight/Thursday, September 26:
Varsity Soccer - TIME CHANGE to 5:30 p.m.
JV Soccer has been CANCELED
JV Football - TIME CHANGE to 5:30 p.m.
Tomorrow/Friday, September 27:
Homecoming Parade - CANCELED
EGR vs. Wayland Varsity Football Game - TIME CHANGE to 5:00 p.m.
All other events, including the Homecoming Dance, will continue as scheduled unless a change or cancellation is specifically communicated. Parents and students are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves as they travel to and from the school.
The East Grand Rapids Recreation Department will separately communicate any changes to middle school sports and recreation department programs
There are a number of logistics to consider before we make additional announcements regarding outdoor activities and events scheduled for next week; therefore, we appreciate your patience as we work through the details. Communications about future cancellations or time changes will be forthcoming.
Dr. Heidi S. Kattula