Air-Quality Update: Nov. 15 (12:00 p.m.)

Good afternoon RCS Parents and Guardians:

In an effort to answer questions regarding the safety of our school community, I am providing the following information:

Common questions regarding Air-Quality:

How are decisions made to cancel school?
River Charter Schools is carefully monitoring the air quality reports and forecasts. Staff continues to consult and confer with Yolo County Office of Education, Yolo County Health Department and the Yolo/Solano Air Quality Management District (Y/S AQMD) to help inform decisions about whether our two will remain open.

River Charter Schools is using the guidance from EPA Air Quality Guide for Particulate Pollution (image below) and Yolo/ Solano Air Quality Management District to determine what activities are safe for students and staff to do during the day. We have imposed restrictions and are limiting activities based on the guidelines.

It is important to note that River Charter Schools has taken an even more precautionary approach by restricting all outdoor activities, even further than the EPA guidance provides given air quality levels this week, so as to limit outdoor exposure during the school day as much as possible.

If my child stays home because of air quality, is this an excused absence?
Yes. If you report an absence because of health concerns related to air quality, it will be counted as an excused absence.

Do classrooms and school buildings have filters in air systems to block smoke?
We have filtrations systems on all HVAC systems at both our schools that filter particulates down to three microns in size.
Both LCS and DECS will be replacing air filters before children return from the Thanksgiving Break.

What if my child has asthma or doesn’t feel well?
Students and staff who have asthma or other health concerns should consult with their health care provider. If students become ill at school they should report to the school office and a parent will be contacted.

Are there plans to cancel school, since the air quality forecast does not suggest improvements in the next couple of days?
River Charter Schools is carefully monitoring the air quality reports and forecasts. Staff continues to consult and confer with Yolo County Office of Education, Yolo County Health Department and the Yolo/Solano Air Quality Management District to help inform decisions about whether schools will remain open. We will let our school community know of any updates or changes.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent situation.

Superintendent