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Local school districts modify outdoor activities due to unhealthy air quality

Posted at 5:36 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 20:39:29-04

BAKERSFIELD,Calif. — Friday's air quality was deemed unhealthy for all groups.

Also, there has been issued a heat advisory which can affect outside activities, especially for schools.
 
The Delano Union School District students found themselves inside on Friday due to the summery heat conditions. Due to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District that deemed Friday unhealthy.
 
Linda Hinojosa, director of health services for the Delano School District, says that younger children are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

 "Today was particularly unusual because we had an excessive heat warning as well as poorer air quality," said Hinojosa. "For today's activities, we requested that school sites keep students indoors for their safety."
 
Hinojosa says that on days like today, they use alternatives for outside activities.
 
"We go to what we call a rainy day schedule, so recess happens indoors and students might be in the cafeteria," said Hinojosa. "There might be some board games, they might play a movie  and we will do indoor P.E. activities in the gymnasium."
 
Hinojosa says that they also have identified their sensitive groups of children who suffer from asthma or cardiac conditions.

"So if a student has asthma or asthmatics we will come up with what we call an asthma air action plan," said Hinojosa. "We will provide inhalers, and let them pre-medicate on milder days or if they need to even stay indoors."
 
Bakersfield City School District told 23ABC in a statement in part the following. "As of 10 a.m., physical activity for students and staff with known heart and lung conditions such as asthma should only occur indoors."
 
 "Additionally, physical education and recess activities shall be modified to avoid any outside vigorous activity for all staff and students. Sensitive individuals should remain indoors."

 If parents would like more information they can head to their child's school districts website to learn more about the schools' policy on air quality.