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UPDATED: Air Quality due to Wildfires - Schools Remain Closed on Friday, October 13

October 12, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,

 

Mt. Diablo Unified School District continues to monitor air quality conditions as reported and forecasted by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), and  AirNow from the National Weather Service. 

 

Due to the current conditions, we will keep Mt. Diablo Unified facilities closed on Friday, October 13 in the interest of the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors.  Athletic events and contests will remain canceled until next week.

 

We are currently planning to reopen on Monday, October 16, with strict guidelines limiting outside activities. Campuses will be checked over the weekend, and we will send district staff to schools for extra support Monday.  We will continue to monitor air quality and health advisories and warnings from these agencies and update you as conditions change.

 

Resources available for you to directly monitor air quality conditions include:

 

AirNow: https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.main

 

Bay Area Air Quality Management District: http://50.57.200.217/about-air-quality/current-air-quality/air-monitoring-data?DataViewFormat=daily&DataView=aqi&ParameterId=316

 

Thank you.

 

 


 

 

October 11, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,

 

Air quality for today has been forecast to be unhealthy for sensitive groups.  The recommendation is for active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, should avoid all outdoor exertion; everyone else, especially children, should limit outdoor exertion.   School principals have been advised to make appropriate changes to athletic schedules and move PE classes and recess indoors. 

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

 

 


 

 

October 10, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,  

 

As we shared with you yesterday, the wildfires currently burning in the counties to our north, including Mendocino, Napa, and Sonoma, continue to cause concerns about the air quality in the Bay Area.  Here in Mt. Diablo Unified, we continue to monitor information from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District which issues air quality notifications for all counties included in their district, including Contra Costa County.  

 

Yesterday, their forecast for the remainder of the week had been for "moderate" air quality conditions for our area.  This afternoon, they modified their forecast for the remainder of the week to "Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups", recommending that active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as asthma, limit outdoor exertion. 

 

We have been asking and will continue to ask our schools to be vigilant about monitoring student activity and being responsive to students, staff, and visitors who may be adversely affected by smoke and other issues.  We are also asking our schools to ensure good indoor air quality by keeping windows and doors closed with air conditioning and climate control technologies used as needed to keep classrooms comfortable and students learning.

 

Visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-air-quality/current-air-quality to read about smoke advisories, air quality forecasts, and view information collected from the Air District's air monitoring network.

 

We will continue to monitor the conditions and provide updates as conditions change.

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

 

 


 

 

October 9, 2017

 

Dear Mt. Diablo Unified Families,  

 

The wildfires currently burning in the Sonoma and Napa counties to our north have caused understandable concern about the air quality in the Bay Area.  Here in Mt. Diablo Unified, we are regularly monitoring information from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District which issues air quality notifications for all counties included in their district, including Contra Costa County.  

 

For the remainder of the week, they are forecasting "moderate" air quality for our area.  While this does not require schools and businesses to change operations, we are asking our schools to be vigilant about monitoring student activity and being responsive to students, staff, and visitors who may be adversely affected by smoke and other issues.  We are also asking our schools to ensure good indoor air quality by keeping windows and doors closed with air conditioning and climate control technologies used as needed to keep classrooms comfortable and students learning.

 

Visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/about-air-quality/current-air-quality to read about smoke advisories, air quality forecasts, and view information collected from the Air District's air monitoring network.

 

Current Air Quality

www.baaqmd.gov

Get current and historical air quality and weather information for the Bay Area.

 

View www.sparetheair.org for a description of the reporting zones, an explanation of the Air Quality Index (AQI), current readings, and additional air quality information. 

 

Dr. Nellie Meyer 

Superintendent

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Posted by: Debbie Maher Published:10/10/17
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