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Air Quality Protocols

Dear PAUSD community,

The 2021 wildfire season is upon us, one we are all too familiar with in our state and area. The impact of fires, smoke, and/or poor air quality is varied and complex. Whether at home, at school, or at work, we cannot stress enough that the time to prepare is now. To assist our PAUSD community as we navigate the impact resulting from poor air quality, including wildfire smoke that can be felt hundreds of miles from its origin, we would like to clarify our protocols.

PAUSD refers to, and follows, School Air Quality Activity Recommendations, which were created by the California Department of Education (CDE) in partnership with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), and California School Boards Association (CSBA).

When the air quality is poor, District staff check these websites as well as consult with surrounding districts and the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE). Additional information and FAQs can be found HERE.

General information can also be found on the SCCOE Emergency Advisory webpage.

When AQI is high these tips are useful to protect against smoke and COVID-19:

  • Limit trips outside while air quality remains unhealthy.
  • Continue to wear a face covering to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
  • Minimize the amount of time you are active outdoors.
  • Set air conditioning units and car vent systems to re-circulate to prevent outside air from moving inside.

If you have additional questions, or need additional information, please contact your site principal.