The Pittsburg Unified School District has announced they will be closing schools on October 12 due to poor air quality.
Superintendent Janet Schulze said in her letter they had been monitoring the air quality and progressively became worse.
Pittsburg joins Antioch Unified and the Mt. Diablo Unified School District who also announced they will not be holding school on Thursday due to the California wild fires that has brought drift smoke to Contra Costa County.
Here is the message that went out to the District and its families.
In the best interest for the health and safety of our students and staff, we are closing schools for tomorrow only, Thursday, October 12th. We have been monitoring the air quality throughout the day and it has become worse. The fires are not yet contained and the air quality is predicted to be worse tomorrow. The health of our students and staff is of the upmost importance and we feel it is better to close schools. This is not a decision we made lightly. I know a sudden decision has an impact on our families in arranging child care and we truly regret any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. We will evaluate the air conditions tomorrow afternoon and make a decision about Friday.
Please stay indoors and keep outside air out. If your child has asthma, please keep an inhaler nearby. Contra Costa Health Services has additional safety tips on their website: http://cchealth.org <http://cchealth.org/>.
I will send you a communication tomorrow by the end of the day regarding Friday.
Thank you for your support. Our thoughts are with our neighbors to the North as they continue to face these devastating fires. Stay safe.