Air Quality

  • WCSD high schools will follow the following recommendations regarding athletic activities and contest during afterschool practices and games:

    AQI: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101 - 150)
    Although general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

    When the AQI level reach 100 – 150

    Decisions about whether to keep student-athletes inside will be made by the school site administrator.

    • If the school administrator decides to cancel practices at the school site, all practices are cancelled.
    • If the school administrator decides to continue practice at this level using a common sense approach. Practice/Games will be permitted under the following conditions:
      • The coaches and ATC have identified all student-athletes that might have to be monitored for sensitivity to air pollution or smoke.
      • Limit and control running and conditioning
      • Increase the amount of water breaks and team breaks
      • Limit or excuse those student-athletes that are members of the sensitive group
      • Have a coach check the ACI every 30 minutes to stay updated.
      • ONCE THE AQI reaches, 151 practice is CANCELLED and everyone must go inside.

    While the AQI is still within the unhealthy for sensitive groups range after 151 the WCSD will have stricter recommendations for elementary, middle school and high school students during their daily exposure to outdoor activity during the course of the school day.

    Recommendations for Schools and Child Cares on Poor Air Quality Days

    Air Quality Index (AQI) Table for Ozone and PM2.5 with Visibilities for Wildfire Smoke1

    Activity

    Good = 0 to 50 (Visibility 11 miles and up)

    Moderate = 51 to 100 (6 to 10 miles)

    Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups* = 101 to 150 (3 to 5 miles)

    Unhealthy = 151 to 200 (1.5 to 2.75 miles)

    Very Unhealthy = 201 to 300 (1 to 1.25 miles)

    Hazardous = 301 to 500 (less than 1 mile)

    Recess (15 min.)

    No Restrictions

    No Restrictions

    Make indoor space available to all children, especially those with lung/heart illnesses or who complain about difficulty breathing.

    Restrict outdoor activities to all children and limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

    Restrict outdoor activities to all children and limit indoor activities to light to moderate exercise.

    Keep everyone indoors and limit indoor activity to light exercise.

    P.E. (1 hr.)

    No Restrictions

    No Restrictions

    Make indoor space available to all children. High school students with lung/heart conditions should limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

    Restrict outdoor activities to all children and limit prolonged or heavy exertion.

    Restrict outdoor activities to all children and limit indoor activities to light to moderate exercise.

    Keep everyone indoors and limit indoor activity to light exercise.

    Scheduled Sporting Events

    No Restrictions

    Unusually sensitive children and high school students should limit prolonged or heavy exertion during scheduled sporting events.

    High school students with asthma or other respiratory or cardiovascular illnesses should be medically managing their condition. Increase rest periods and substitutions to lower breathing rates.

    Consideration should be given to rescheduling or relocating the event.

    Event should be rescheduled or relocated.

    Event should be rescheduled or relocated.

    Athletic Practice and Training (2 to 4 hrs.)

    No Restrictions

    Unusually sensitive children and high school students should limit prolonged or heavy exertion during practice or training.

    High school students with asthma or other respiratory or cardiovascular illness should be medically managing their condition. Increase rest periods and substitutions to lower breathing rates.

    Activities over 2 hours should decrease intensity and duration. Add rest breaks or substitutions to lower breathing rates.

    Practice or training should be rescheduled or relocated.

    Practice or training should be rescheduled or relocated.

    We suggest that coaches check the status of the Air Quaility every 30 minutes they are outside during both the MODERATE AND UNHEALTHY FOR SENSITIVE GROUPS  Range.  Because of the current status of the weather and  fire conditions  this is something that should be looked at every day for at least for the remainder of this week.

    AQI: Good (0 - 50)
    Air quality is considered satisfactory, and air pollution poses little or no risk.

    AQI: Moderate (51 - 100)
    Air quality is acceptable; however, for some pollutants there may be a moderate health concern for a very small number of people who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.

    AQI: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (101 - 150)
    Although general public is not likely to be affected at this AQI range, people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

    AQI: Unhealthy (151 - 200)
    Everyone may begin to experience health effects members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects.

    AQI: Very Unhealthy (201 - 300)
    Health alert: everyone may experience more serious health effects.

    AQI: Hazardous (301 - 500)
    Health warnings of emergency conditions. The entire population is more likely to be affected.