Questions and Answers:
Why is school in session when the air quality condition is in the moderate to unhealthy range?
Schools are a safe place to be during moderate to unhealthy air quality conditions. Trained staff are available to supervise and monitor student health and respond if necessary to assist students with breathing difficulties, headaches or nausea.
In general, school buildings have much better HVAC systems than most residences. School buildings are tighter with fewer air leaks, plus the HVAC systems are designed to create a positive pressure in the classrooms. This means the staff and students are in filtered and conditioned air throughout the school day. Residence HVAC systems shut down when temperature demand is met so allows outside air to leak in through doors, windows, etc. Providing our students with a safe environment is always our top priority.
Can I keep my child at home during unhealthy air quality conditions?
Yes, please note that parents have the right to make decisions regarding the health and well-being of their student. If you feel that keeping a student home due to air quality is in their best interests, their absence will be excused.
During an event where outdoor air quality maybe unhealthful we review Air Quality Index (AQI) data from the following websites:
We use the highest AQI rating for the following guidelines:
Air Quality Index (AQI) 151-300 (Unhealthy – Very Unhealthy)
Air Quality Index (AQI) over 300: