APPLE VALLEY – The Pilot Fire, which began at 12:05 p.m. on Sunday, August 7th is over 4500 acres with around 5% containment, officials said. Today in a press release the Apple Valley Unified School District announced that the schools will be closed on Tuesday, August 9th due to the poor air quality.
The decision to remain open on August 8, 2016, was made after assessing the air quality with the help of the San Bernardino County Fire Department and using information provided by airnow.gov. “Schools were instructed to limit time students and staff spent outdoors, provide indoor areas for students at all times and to monitor symptoms such as coughing and shortness of breath,” AVUSD officials said in the release.
School officials said that this decision was made after the wind pattern shifting causing the air quality to “deteriorate”. All AVUSD schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday. All AVUSD schools plan to reopen on Wednesday but will make the decision based on the air quality leading up to the school day. AVUSD parents are asked to monitor the district website for updates.
“We know that this may pose a hardship to many families, however in the interest of the health of our students and staff, school will be closed tomorrow,” district officials said. “We encourage everyone to stay indoors and we thank you for your patience as we work together to ensure the safety of our students.”
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