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Air Quality & Smoke Update:

There are no facility or program modifications or cancellations at this time.

District Information on Air Quality:

Wildfire smoke is impacting air quality today. Please remember that children are particularly sensitive to smoke because their respiratory systems are still developing.

Parents: Please watch the smoke forecast and decide when to limit your child(ren)’s activities. We are monitoring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Air Quality Index (AQI).

If you do not wish for your child to spend time outdoors, please consider if the activity or program is the right choice for your family this week.

District Policy:

Per Bend Park and Recreation District policy, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Air Quality Index (AQI) data at Bend Pump Station (24172) is between 1-100 (Good and Moderate), recreation program operating status for outdoor activities will be at the discretion of facility managers and program coordinators.

Measurements between 101-150 (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) will result in modified activities at reduced physical intensity and/or duration at the discretion of facility managers and program coordinators. For staff, outdoor duties will be modified with increased rest periods throughout time of reduced air quality.

Measurements above 150 (Unhealthy to Hazardous) will result in cancellation of youth outdoor activities, including practices and games, that cannot be moved indoors. Youth outdoor activities that may be able to be relocated indoors may be adjusted in lieu of cancellation. Adult sport and fitness organized programs will be cancelled or moved indoors. Adult self-directed activities such as outdoor lap swim and workout on one’s own will continue to at the discretion of facility manager or designee.

For staff, outdoor duties will be modified with increased rest periods throughout time of reduced air quality if outdoor activities continue at the discretion of facility manager or designee.

Measurements above 200 (Hazardous) will result in mandatory closure of all outdoor activities.

For staff, outdoor duties will be suspended and indoor only duties will continue in accordance with supervisor and work needs.

The following day or when AQI drops below 200, outdoor activities may resume to modified activities with facility manager and program coordinator approval.

Additional resources:

Oregon Health Authority information for student-athletes

Bend-La Pine School information for its activities