Frequently Asked Questions about Air Quality at Outdoor School
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Dear Sixth Grade students and Families,
As you may have read or heard in our local news, there are several large fires burning around the state causing air quality and evacuation concerns. The Eagle Creek fire, in the Columbia Gorge, has caused air quality and evacuation concerns locally. We have been tracking the Eagle Creek fire very closely as it is directly impacting Multnomah County schools and programs.
Our highest priority is the safety of students and staff. As a result of the Eagle Creek fire, Camp Angelos continues to be in a Level 2 Evacuation Zone status. Level 2 indicates there is a high probability of need to evacuate. In order to assure student and staff safety, Multnomah ESD and the Outdoor School program have made a decision to reschedule the Parent Open House at Angelos Outdoor School and will postpone opening the Angelos site.
The Parent Open House for students currently scheduled to attend Angelos site will be rescheduled to:
Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00-8:00pm, Location TBD.
(Classes scheduled to attend Angelos will receive an updated invitation with the location closer to the date)
Decisions about moving forward with the Outdoor School Program at Camp Angelos will be revisited next week. We appreciate everyone's flexibility in order to keep our students safe. If you have additional questions please contact the Outdoor School Office.
Air Quality Concerns
As firefighters work to contain the Eagle Creek fire, we will also be monitoring and addressing any air quality issues that may arise during Outdoor School. We will be continuously monitoring air quality levels reported by the Oregon DEQ. Families may also track air quality levels by viewing the interactive map on the Oregon Smoke Blog at http://oregonsmoke.blogspot.com/.
We will be adjusting activities at Outdoor School in response to the air quality levels according to Oregon Health Authority's guidance for outdoor activities during wildfire. This guidance is available at http://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForWildfire.aspx#oregon and on the Outdoor School Website at http://www.mesdoutdoorschool.org/. We will be monitoring air quality conditions daily and adjusting activities to ensure the safety of students and staff according to the guidance issued by the county and state health authorities.
It has been difficult to watch the beautiful Columbia Gorge become consumed by fire and smoke. Questions about the role and impact of fire in an ecosystem will likely arise during this year's sessions in more frequency. The outdoor school staff has been thoughtfully preparing activities to help students answer these questions and invites questions.
Likewise, if families have questions about the Outdoor School program response to fires and air quality please don't hesitate to contact us.
Director of Instructional Services and Interim Outdoor School Coordinator