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Air Quality - Update

Update - 11/13/18

Good Morning Mill Valley School Community!
 
As you may be aware, the air quality in the Bay Area continues to be poor. We are continuing to monitor updates as well as taking the necessary precautions to ensure our students and staff are safe.
 
Our Mill Valley public schools will remain open and follow the guidance provided from our Public Health Department. Please see below message received from Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer. As information is received, we will continue to update our website.
 
-Raquel
Interim Superintendent
 
 

MESSAGE FROM MARIN PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER
 
As anticipated the air quality is poor today. The Public Health advisory offered November 9 remains in effect. Our air quality levels are in the Unhealthy range, mostly between 150 and 200. At these levels the CDC’s health message is “People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion.”
 
To review our guidance:
 
  • Schools should limit outdoor physical activity, and cancel or reschedule sports practices and games.
  • Keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • If air conditioning is available, set it to recycle indoor air.
  • Students with asthma should follow their asthma action plans and keep their quick-relief medicine close at hand.
 
Marin County Health and Human Services is not offering a formal recommendation to close schools. There is little evidence that with these air quality levels that children are better off at home. The air quality in homes is likely to be similar to that in schools. Schools can provide a measure of security by ensuring recommendations are being followed, where children are avoiding physical activity and are being monitored together.
 
As always, parents should navigate these choices depending on the individual circumstances of each child. For some children with asthma, their asthma action plan may include strict avoidance of any outdoor exposure.
 
Additional information can be found at the Marin County Health and Human Services website and AirNow.gov. The forecast is for improved air quality as the week progresses.
 
Thank you,
 
Public Health Officer
County of Marin
Department of Health and Human Services
 

The Bay Area is experiencing an influx of smoke from the Camp Fire located in Butte County. Please read the Public Health Advisory from the County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services regarding the Northern California fires affecting air quality in Marin from this past August as a reminder of some protective steps we can take. 

In addition, you can monitor the air quality online at Air Now