• Air Quality

    Posted August 30, 2017

    The fires in West-Central Oregon are having an impact on our local air quality. Guidelines from the Oregon Schools Activities Association (OSAA), our umbrella organization for athletics, inform us to the precautions we will take as we monitor air quality conditions. Below are the guidelines we will follow for athletics and recess:

    • Air Quality Index (AQI) over 100:  Student athletes with pre-existing pulmonary or cardiac conditions, which may be worsened by poor air quality, should be closely monitored and those student-athletes with asthma should have rescue medication immediately available when needed. These student athletes should also be given additional rest breaks, as needed.

    • AQI over 150:  Because of the need for increased intensity during prolonged periods of time, all outdoor contests would be cancelled. Practices, not more than 2 hours in length, may be conducted but they should include frequent rest breaks and a decrease in normal intensity. All athletes should be closely monitored for potential complications. Student athletes with pre-existing pulmonary or cardiac conditions should be removed from all activity.

    • AQI over 200: All outdoor activities (practice and competition) would be cancelled.

    Parents can follow the air quality index at the EPA Air Quality website.  After you go to the site, enter your zip code at the top of the page.