The Napa County Office of Education and the five school districts in Napa County: Napa Valley Unified, St. Helena Unified, Calistoga Joint Unified, Howell Mountain Elementary and Pope Valley Union Elementary, have developed, in conjunction with Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio, Emergency Air Quality Guidelines for staff and students. All of the K-12 public schools in Napa County will be adhering to these guidelines.
The guidelines utilize the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers. If the AQI number is in the Green, Yellow, or Orange range, schools will be open, with varying actions put in place to protect students and staff. If the AQI is in the Red, schools in that city will not be open until conditions improve. Families will be notified via the usual communication channels the night before if Red is expected the following day.
Dr. Barbara Nemko, Napa County Superintendent of Schools, said, “Student and staff safety is the highest priority for NCOE and the five Napa County school districts. These guidelines will ensure we are making consistent and safe choices. The Emergency Air Quality Guidelines have been created specific for this fire event, acknowledging that it is ongoing and will have cumulative effects.”
As previously announced, Napa Valley Unified School District, St. Helena Unified School District, Pope Valley Union Elementary School District, Howell Mountain Elementary School District and Napa County Office of Education schools plan to resume classes on Wednesday, October 18. Calistoga Joint Unified School District is closed through Friday, October 20. Napa Valley College will also remain closed through Friday, October 20.