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Pittsburg Unified to Use “Air Quality Day” on Jan 14 Due to Rising COVID Cases

by ECT

On Friday, Pittsburg Unified School District Superintendent Janet Schulze announced that on January 14 there would be no school because the District was going to use an “air quality” day because of the positive number of cases in the school district.

Schulze explained  they were  moving a scheduled available make-up day for air quality from Thursday, March 31st to January, 14th. This is not a school closure. It is not remote learning.

According to Contra Costa Health Services, the average cases per day is now at 1,519 with 133 hospitalized. In the City of Pittsburg, there have been 666 cases in the last 14-days while the cases per 100,000 stands at 894.

Here is the letter that went out to the District parents Friday:

Dear PUSD Families,

We are moving our emergency air quality day from March 31st to next Friday, January 14th. Thursday, March 31st will now be a school day and Friday, January 14th will not be a school day. 

The number of positive cases is increasing across our district, resulting in student and staff absences, and we expect them to continue increasing next week.  Moving our emergency air quality day of March 31st to next Friday, January 14th will give us a 4 day week next week and then a 4 day weekend, as the 17th is the MLK Jr Holiday.

This will help give everyone more time to get better and to rest. This is not a school closure. This does not impact the number of instructional days. It is simply moving the emergency make-up day from Thursday, March 31st to Friday, January 14th. 

Thursday, March 31st will now be a school day and Friday, January 14th will not be a school day. 

I know a change in the calendar impacts your family. I hope by getting this information out today it gives you time to plan. Thank you for your continued patience and support. 

The move comes after the District had 83 teachers absent noting its for all reasons, not just COVID-19. She said on average, its been that number each day this week. She also said that approximently 20% of the students were absent. The District has just over 11,000 students.

The West Contra Costa Unified School District used their air quality days on Jan 7 and Jan 10 due to COVID.

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2 comments

Mitch Jan 7, 2022 - 3:08 pm

Smells fish. Sounds like somebody wanted a 4 day vacation.

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Ewhite Jan 7, 2022 - 3:16 pm

What kid of games is this? They need to pretend and shuffle air quality days to act in the best interest of the teachers and students? How have things come to this?

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