The attached Marin County Air Quality Outdoor Activity Overview and Communication Protocols for Schools in Spanish and English, illustrates when and how to modify outdoor physical activity based on the Air Quality Index (AQI), and communication protocols at different AQI thresholds. This guidance can help protect the health of all children, including teenagers, who are more sensitive than adults, to air pollution. Air quality can also be checked daily at www.airnow.gov.
The nearby wildfires continue to significantly impact air quality throughout Marin County. As a reminder, extensive work was done last year with Marin County Public Health to develop information, resources and protocols for days with poor air quality. As we are now dealing with the additional challenge of COVID-19, Public Health reviewed the guidelines for any needed revisions.
PLEASE NOTE: a revision has been made to protocols when the air quality hits the “Red Flag” or “Unhealthy” stage. The earlier protocols recommended moving physical activity indoors during the Unhealthy period. The new “COVID-19” edition of the air quality protocols does NOT make that recommendation and students should not engage in physical activity indoors during the COVID-19 period.
The new COVID-19 edition of the Air Quality Protocols are at this link and attached:
In addition, AIRNOW.GOV has revamped their Air Quality Data page making it easier and more efficient to use.
Additional resources and other resources can be found on the MCOE Extreme Weather Information web page.
We are appreciative of everyone’s collaboration and partnership in working together to provide Marin Community Learning Hubs during the 2020-21 school year. Marin Community Learning Hubs are safe spaces with adult supervision for TK-8th grade students during school hours. Students will receive connection support for distance learning and access to WiFi. This opportunity is FREE for families who meet specific criteria.
Eligible families qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, work with Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), foster youth, newcomers, families unable to access or support distance learning, siblings, and those with special circumstances.
You can use the attached English and Spanish language template email when sharing the attached flyers and Interest Surveys in Spanish and English with partners and families. Please let us know if you have questions or would like additional support. We look forward to continued collaboration with you.
In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can join a Weekly Online Support Group now through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family. California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Support Groups, offer free resources for Parents, Caregivers, Children and Youth. Attached are outreach flyers in both English and Spanish.