Air Quality

  • Updated August 2021

     

    Recent wildfires have brought some questions about air quality and how that relates to steps we take at schools to minimize the risk from COVID-19. Our schools follow Air Quality Advisory information that has been recently updated with the latest COVID-19 information. We will use the Air Quality Index measured at airnow.gov. We have designated staff checking the site throughout the day on days where air quality is a concern.  

     

    Air Quality Index (AQI) of 0-100 is good and moderate (Green and Yellow)
    School is open and:

    • All activities can continue. 
    • Encouraged ventilation - open doors and windows in classrooms and offices
    • Air purifiers with HEPA filters and HVAC used

     

    AQI of 101-150 is unhealthy for sensitive groups (Orange)
    School is open and:

    • It’s OK to be active outside, especially for short activities such as recess and physical education. 
    • For longer activities such as athletic practice, take more breaks and do less intense activities.
    • Watch for symptoms and take action as needed. Students with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep their quick-relief medicine handy.
    • Close windows and doors
    • Air purifiers with HEPA filters and HVAC used

     

    AQI of 151-200 is unhealthy (Red)
    School is open and:

    • For all outdoor activities, take more breaks and do less intense activities.
    • Consider moving longer or more intense activities indoors or rescheduling them to another day or time.
    • Watch for symptoms and take action as needed. Students with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep their quick-relief medicine handy.
    • Close windows and doors
    • Air purifiers with HEPA filters and HVAC used

     

    AQI of 201 or higher is very unhealthy or hazardous  (Purple)

    • Cancel all activities or reschedule them to another day
    • Any school closure decisions will be made with Sonoma County Office of Education