As you know, end-of-the-year trips to Shell Creek Park for kindergarten, first, and second grades are this week. Also, during the summer, both children and adults frequent local or regional fields and parks for various family or other recreation-related activities. Last month, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) recognized May as Lyme Disease Awareness Month. Lyme disease is caused through the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Therefore, in addition to staying away from high grass, precautionary measures can be taken to avoid contact with ticks in grassy locations such as fields and parks. Therefore, it is advisable that children wear protective clothing such as lightweight long pants, socks, and lightweight shirts with long sleeves.
If you wish to obtain more information about preventing lyme disease, please visit the New York State Department of Health website at https://www.health.gov. Please be mindful of the aforementioned as we conclude the school year and transition to an enjoyable summer.
Jacob M. Russum