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Air Quality Update
Posted 10/28/19

The Bay Area is under a Spare the Air Alert due to wildfires burning in the area. Schools are scheduled to be OPEN the rest of the week. We will continue to provide updates as the week progresses.  


Please know that our highest priority is the safety of our students and staff. Our decision to remain open during fluctuating air quality reports takes into consideration the needs of all students and families, including those that don’t have alternative childcare options or access to healthy meals if schools are closed. Please continue reading to learn more about how we monitor air quality and its impact on our schools.

AQI Scale Key

Air is almost always on the move, and it is easy for pollution to drift from one reporting zone to another. This is particularly true in the Bay Area where winds can blow pollution from one location into neighboring valleys. That is why a Spare the Air Alert is called for the whole Bay Area when air quality is forecast to be unhealthy in any one of the five reporting zones: North Counties, Coast and Central Bay, Eastern Zone, South Central Bay, and Santa Clara Valley. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District considers the Hayward area to be in their South Central Bay zone. 


HUSD monitors the following sources on an hourly basis when local agencies are predicting unhealthy air quality:

HUSD follows the School Air Quality Activity Recommendations provided by the California Department of Education in partnership with the California Air Resources Board, the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Association of California School Administrators, and the California School Boards Association. As air quality levels shift, the following chart shows how schools will adjust their activities.


School Air Quality Recommendations