Home » News » News » Air Quality and School Activities

Air Quality and School Activities

Wildfire smoke and summer heat are affecting outdoor conditions in the Eugene area. Eugene School District 4J takes our students’ health and safety very seriously. The district closely monitors conditions to guide decisions around school-sponsored outdoor student activities, including sports.

Staff regularly monitor the Heat Index and Air Quality Index  to determine outdoor activity levels for students, per the public health guidance from the  Oregon Health Authority and Oregon School Activities Association.

Decisions regarding athletics will be made daily as necessary. When air quality conditions are unhealthy for sensitive groups, with AQI over 100, athletic practices will be moved inside or canceled, and games will be moved, rescheduled or canceled.

High school athletic directors, coaches and support staff will notify families whose students participate in OSAA activities if any changes are made to practice or game times and locations. Any changes to OSAA-sanctioned high school game schedules also will be posted on the OSAA website.

The Oregon Health Authority advises that parents of sensitive children should follow their health care providers’ advice about prevention and treatment of symptoms, and watch the smoke forecast to decide when to limit their child’s activities. Children who may be more sensitive to air pollution include those with asthma, respiratory infection, lung or heart disease.

Current Heat Index  |  Air Quality Index Map  |  24-Hour Air Quality Index
Public Health Guidance for Outdoor School Activities / Pautas de Salud Pública para Actividades Escolares en al Aire Libre
Oregon School Activities Association: Health and Safety
Oregon Health Authority: Wildfires and Smoke

This entry was posted in News. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
  • News Archives

  • RSS Recent Posts