West Irondequoit CSD
JUNE 7, 2023
AIR QUALITY UPDATE: What we're doing
Here is the latest on the air quality situation and steps our district is taking to ensure safety for all students and staff.
As of noon today, we are currently in a “purple zone.” According to AirNow.gov, the air quality is “very unhealthy.” People with heart or lung disease, older adults, children and teens should avoid physical activities outdoors. All others should “avoid strenuous outdoor activities and keep them short and consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.”
As a result, we are not permitting any outdoor activities today and with the prediction that we will again be in the Purple Zone on Thursday, all outdoor activities are canceled for tomorrow, too. Those include recess, field trips, K-3 Sports Days and outdoor Eagle’s Care (before and after-school) programs.
Schools are required by the state to maintain fresh air flow. We have adjusted our units to reduce outside air while remaining in those state-mandated parameters. All of our buildings are outfitted with air filters that are at least MERV 11. That’s better than the pre-COVID requirements (MERV 8).
K-6 schools: We are supplying all K-6 schools with KN95 masks. For 7-12, these masks are available upon request. Grades 7-12 students should report to the IHS main office to obtain one. Please note: These are voluntary to wear.
Outside work: For staff who may be working outside, including grounds, maintenance and operations, we are requiring them to wear KN95 masks.
The safety of your children is always our No. 1 priority. If you have specific questions, please reach out to your child's principal. General questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aaron R. Johnson, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools