Since October 2017, the Bay Area has experienced a number of days with poor air quality due to fires in northern California.
For the 2019-20 school year, SLUSD will be following the guidelines in the “School Air Quality Activity Recommendations, which were created by the California Department of Education in partnership with the California Air Resources Board, California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Association of California School Administrators, and California School Boards Association. The template that SLUSD will be following is below.
To determine local air quality, district staff monitor several websites, including:
When the air is particularly bad, district staff check these sites on the hour so as to be able to communicate accurate information to the sites. District staff also consult with surrounding districts and the Alameda County Office of Education to determine what steps to take to minimize the risk for students and staff.
Resources for Families
- CalEPA: “Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke or Ash” (PDF)
- Alameda County Public Health Department: “Protecting Your Health During Wildfire Season”
- US EPA, American Academy of Pediatrics: “Protecting Children from Wildfire Smoke and Ash”
- California Department of Public Health: “How to Choose the Correct Mask for Wildfire Smoke”