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Air Quality Information for SPPS Families

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As summer nears and the weather gets warmer, the air quality outside can often decrease, leading to many questions about the safety of outdoor activities. SPPS recognizes the need to balance student safety with the need for physical activity. SPPS follows guidance from the MN Department of Health and will cancel all outdoor activities when the Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches the “Very Unhealthy” purple range. Building Administrators may use their judgment to determine if their schools' outdoor activities should be moved inside. 

For students with asthma who have pre-exercise medication available with a current healthcare provider order, health staff will make plans to pre-medicate students before going outside. When asthma is well-managed and well-controlled, students should be able to participate fully in all activities. Health staff will monitor students and will address concerns with families as needed.

Please visit AirNow.gov and enter your school's zip code to find the current AQI. More information and resources may be found at the Minnesota Department of Health.