With school starting just around the corner, and our communities having to deal with the smoke from the surrounding fires, I want to let you know our plans to assure the safety of all of our students while attending school and participating in school activities. The following actions will be taken by our school officials and staff during the time when a high level of smoke is visible in the air.
- Check air quality minimally every 2 hours during the times when school activities may be held when there is noticeable smoke and ash particles in the air or when the air quality index continues to be above 100 (See attachment). Our main source of information is the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) website http://idsmoke.blogspot.com/
- Limit time outdoors and allow frequent rest time if the air quality is between 101 and 151 “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups”. Children that have breathing issues may remain inside during outside activities. No outdoor activities, such as recess, PE, or sporting events if the air quality level reaches 151 “Unhealthy” or higher.
- Keep windows closed and limit the number of access points into the school facilities to keep the air quality within the buildings as clean as possible.
- Update parents through our website msd281.org, or our mass communication system when events being held before or after school are postponed, cancelled, or relocated.
- Encourage parents to transport their children to school if they usually walk, or have them wear a mask if they are required to walk to school or wait at the bus stop.
Our goal is to maintain as much of our school routines as possible, but to take every precaution needed to assure the safety of our students.
Let us all hope for rain and keep the brave firefighters in our hearts and minds as we look forward to better days in the near future.