Air Quality Policy & Resources
Wildfires & Covid-19
Please reference our Air Quality Policy below and you can also better understand ventilation on campus in the reopening plans. To minimize the risk of COVID-19, we have been directed by SFDPH to increase ventilation in indoor spaces to the extent possible. Outdoor activities may move activities indoors if the AQI is unhealthy. Whenever ventilation is reduced by closing windows or reducing outside air intake, individuals should be particularly mindful of precautions to reduce transmission of COVID-19: wash and sanitize hands frequently, follow all face covering and physical distancing requirements, clean frequently touched surfaces and items regularly, and remind everyone who can work remotely to do so per SFDPH guidance.
During times of compromised air quality, we monitor changes hourly to ensure we are making the right decisions for our students, Prek through 8th grade.
At La Scuola, we rely on several reputable resources to check the current status and forecast:
- Air Now from the EPA to monitor AQI (Air Quality Index). The EPA calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particulate matter (10 and 2.5), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. Of these, we are particularly watching PM2.5. For more information regarding air pollutants please go here https://www.epa.gov/criteria-air-pollutants
- The San Francisco specific data on Real-time Air Quality Index (AQI) and Purple Air which gives us a neighborhood by neighborhood representation and can offer a local perspective for our community.
- Air Matters app on a smartphone
- AlertSF from the City of SF air quality today. Administrative staff must sign up for their notification system https://sfdem.org/get-city-alerts
School Policy Guidelines
Below is an outline of the actions La Scuola will take based on Air Quality Index guidelines developed by the EPA found on Airnow. The La Scuola team will continue to assess and use our best judgment when In addition, La Scuola uses air filters in each classroom setting and keep all windows and doors closed throughout the school day, whenever possible.
Our number one goal is the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff. We will communicate with you as fast and efficiently as possible so you can plan and prepare accordingly.
La Scuola will consider closing for classes if the AQI reaches above 200 for a sustained period, as well as if the prediction remains above 200. We will aim to communicate by 8 p.m. the night prior, the school will send a message (text/email) informing everyone if La Scuola will close the following day. We will send a message (text/email) by 7 a.m. the morning of school if we need to close that day. If the school needs to close during the day, we will give parents a one-hour alert before they need to pick-up their child(ren).
Note that even if the school closes for classes, we will still be open from 8:30 am–3:30 pm so that people can come here to be in a building where air purification units are in place. Please feel free to bring your family to the school if that is helpful.
Please keep the victims of the fires in our hearts and minds. Please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.