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Air Quality Alerts


Since October 2017, the Bay Area has experienced a number of days with poor air quality due to fires in northern California. 


When schools are in session,  AUSD follows the guidelines in the "School Air Quality Activity Recommendations, which were created by the California Department of Education in partnership with the California Air Resources Board, California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Association of California School Administrators, and California School Boards Association. The template that AUSD will be following is below. 


To determine local air quality, district staff monitor several websites, including:

When the air is particularly bad, district staff check these sites on the hour so as to be able to communicate accurate information to the sites. District staff also consult with surrounding districts and the Alameda County Office of Education to determine what steps to take to minimize the risk for students and staff.


For the 2021-22 school year, the situation is more complex, due to the need to balance using  outdoor spaces at lunch and recess (to protect against COVID-19) with the need to keep students indoors in the event of unhealthy air. At its September 28 public meeting, the Board of Education approved new protocols for unhealthy days that include closing in-person instruction when AQI hits 200 or above. 


Resources for families

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Emergency preparation

To help our families prepare for emergencies, we have compiled a list of resources on our Emergency Preparation page.


These resources include Alameda Prepares, an  8-week curriculum on Earthquake Preparedness that AUSD developed with the City of Alameda in 2017. The curriculum covers creating a supply kit, packing a "go bag," and gathering important paperwork.