Air Quality (Update - November 18, 2018)11/15/2018
Update – November 18, 2018
Modesto City Schools will remain open Monday, November 19. The decision to remain open did not come lightly. Student and staff safety has been, and will remain, our number one priority. We have been checking San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District on an hourly basis throughout the weekend and will continue to do so throughout the week. We will also continue to stay in touch with Stanislaus County Public Health. We support your choice as a parent if you choose to keep your child at home.
Moving forward, we plan to do the following:
- Continue on a “rainy day schedule”
- Check air filters to ensure proper ventilation
- Continue to provide nutritious meals
- Open additional classrooms and gyms in order for students to remain indoors
- Continue to provide After School Education & Safety (ASES) on a “rainy day schedule” to provide after school supervision for our students
In difficult times, it is important we all work together. A supervised environment provides our students with instruction and support services should this be necessary.
We will continue to keep you updated as we move forward through this short week.
Update from Superintendent Dr. Sara Noguchi – November 16, 2018:
Dear MCS Families,
Air quality has continued to decline throughout the day. As a result, all activities have been cancelled following the close of the After School Education & Safety program, or ASES, this afternoon. This affects all indoor and outdoor activities, including performances, dances, athletic activities and competitions. We have monitored air quality conditions the entire week, keeping our students indoors during recess, P.E. and after school programs, based on recommendations from Stanislaus County Public Health Department and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
This is not a decision we take lightly, but one that has been made after careful consideration and continuous monitoring of the air quality which continues to get worse. Our top priority is the safety and health of our students and staff. Air quality began to reach hazardous levels this afternoon, with little indication it will be better.
We thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation and we ask that you limit your child’s outdoor activities until air quality improves.
We anticipate air quality improving over the weekend and look forward to seeing students back at school on Monday morning.
Sara Noguchi, Ed.D
Modesto City Schools
November 15, 2018
Modesto City Schools receives guidance from the county and state public health departments, as well as hourly updates from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and makes decisions accordingly. As a result, we have been on a “rainy day schedule” since Tuesday, meaning all recess and PE occurs indoors.
After school activities and events scheduled to occur outdoors, including athletics, have either been cancelled or moved indoors. Please contact your student’s school or coach for site-specific information.
Looking ahead, we will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations provided by the county and state public health departments as well as the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.
We know that many of our families count on us to provide students a safe, supervised environment to go to every day, and we are meeting that responsibility while taking the necessary steps to keep students indoors.