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Local Air Quality Messages - Updated 10/17/17 (click for info)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: AUSD Schools will be OPEN Wednesday, 10/18/17

According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Air Quality Index currently forecasts that the Berkeley/Albany area will be back in the moderate range tomorrow (10/18/17).  Because the index was at unhealthy for sensitive groups today, we advised all site administrators to exercise caution and limit or cancel outdoor practices and games. Please return to this site for regular updates on changing air quality conditions in our district.



Sunday, October 15, 2017: AUSD Schools REMAIN OPEN: Monday, 10/16/17


According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Air Quality Index currently lists the Albany/Berkeley area as good to moderate.


AUSD schools will be OPEN on Monday, October 16th.  

s long as the fires remain active, we will monitor local air quality and issue daily updates.  Messages will state whether schools will be open or closed the following day.  These messages will be issued using AUSD’s Emergency Communication Process.


Our hearts and thoughts continue to go out to the students, families, and entire communities impacted by these fires.

Please return to this site for regular updates.


Friday, October 13, 2017:


The wildfires burning in Napa and Sonoma Counties continue to result in poor air quality around the Bay Area. Conditions are changing by the hour, in some cases, based on wind patterns and the status of the fires up north.


Student safety remains our number one priority. In order to protect students and staff, including those vulnerable to breathing and respiratory issues, we are evaluating the situation daily. We will continue to consult with the Alameda County Office of Education and monitor air quality in the Albany/Berkeley area. This is a fluid situation.


Our AUSD staff have been very mindful of students and other staff members who are sensitive to air quality. We know this has been a trying week in our schools, with the limited ability of our students to get outside and play, and we want to say Thank You to our teachers and our staffs at the school sites for their hard work and support of our students.


Please return to this site for regular updates.



Thursday, October 12, 2017: Reminder: No School Friday, 10/13/17!


It is a Non-student Day (Staff Development Day)


Wednesday, October 11, 2017: Albany Schools to Remain Open


Dear AUSD Families,


Smoke from the North Bay fires continues to affect the air quality in the Bay Area. According to, the air quality index for the Albany/Berkeley area is deemed "unhealthy" and people are asked to exercise caution as follows: "People with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should avoid prolonged or heavy exertion. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion."

I have asked all schools to continue to exercise caution as they plan activities. Staff are keeping doors and windows closed during instruction and are limiting/canceling outdoor activities, including physical education, games and practices, as needed. Albany schools will remain open tomorrow.

​Please encourage your children to refrain from rigorous activities if they are experiencing symptoms related to poor air quality.


We are saddened by the devastation caused by the fire and will continue to have the families who are impacted in our thoughts.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017: North Bay Fires


The North Bay fires are creating air quality issues across the Bay Area, including Albany. According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Air Quality Index for our area is listed as "unhealthy for sensitive groups”. Both yesterday and today, we notified principals to be very mindful of PE classes, sports events/practices, and lunch/recess periods, and to also be mindful or any students who have respiratory issues. We also asked that schools either turn off or place HVAC/Fans on recycle to keep smoke out of classrooms and offices.


We will continue monitoring local air quality daily and will communicate with schools as long as the fires remain active or until the air quality has been reported as “good” by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.