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With the the fires burning around Utah County, the air quality is a concern. With school starting tomorrow, we wanted to let parents and students know that school and district administrators are monitoring the air quality and will make necessary decisions to protect the health and safety of all students and employees. The following is the process that administrators will follow to determine the status of recess or other outdoor activities.
Throughout the day, administrators will monitor the air quality reports provide by the state. These reports can be found by visiting air.utah.gov. The air quality is ranked by color. Green is the best air quality, followed, in order, by yellow, orange, red, purple and burgundy. Air quality in the green and yellow zones are safe to be outside in. Once the air quality reaches orange levels, decisions must be made on whether to hold outdoor activities. Once the air quality reaches the red level or higher, it is an automatic decision to remain inside.
The air quality will be looked at in the minutes prior to recess or any other outdoor activity and the decision will be made at that point. Additionally, as students arrive in the morning, the air quality will be posted in front of the school with color coordinated flags. As always, parents are encouraged to make the decision that they feel is best for their child. If any parent would like their student to remain inside during recess or other outdoor activities regardless of the color of the air quality ranking, please make your child’s school office/administration aware.
If you have any questions or concerns about dealing with the air quality, please contact your child’s school.