In the wake of another devastating wildfire in Northern California, my heart goes out to the people who have been impacted in and around the Camp Fire near Chico. I am grateful to our first responders who are fighting hard to keep residents safe, and to those who are working collectively to get much needed supplies to those in need. I also know that we mourn the loss of life and property in the Camp Fire as well as the other fires in California.
In the days since the Camp Fire began near Chico, air quality in Alameda County remains at levels considered "Unhealthy" by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. During this time, the Alameda County Public Health Department advises that children should “limit prolonged outdoor exertion.”
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has called for a winter Spare the Air alert extension for Tuesday, November 13 through Friday, November 16. Unhealthy conditions are expected to persist over this stretch.
The safety of our Albany students and staff is always a top priority. We have and will continue to adjust our school activities in order to reduce exposure to poor air quality.
Additional information from the California Public Health Department on Protecting Your Health During Wildfire Season can be found below.