November 14, 2018
Dear Campus Community,
Smoke from multiple wildfires in the region is causing high levels of air pollution throughout San Joaquin, Sacramento and Stanislaus counties. Due to air quality exceeding Level 5 at both the Turlock and Stockton campuses: very unhealthy, both campuses are closed, today Nov. 14, effective immediately. All offices are closed and no events are being held. All classes, including online classes, and campus activities planned for today are cancelled.
Wellness Works on the Stockton Campus will remain open. The Child Development Center on the Turlock Campus will remain open until parents are able to pick up their children. The food distribution scheduled at the Stockton Campus for tomorrow, Nov. 15, will be rescheduled. More information will be provided once the rescheduled date and time have been determined.
Essential personnel should stay at the discretion of their supervisor. Please consult with your manager to determine if you are designated as essential personnel.
Supervisors: You may activate your StanReady Business Continuity Plans and seek an alternative work location such as alternative site, work from home, etc. If essential personnel are experiencing health effects, supervisors should assess and advise individuals of sick leave availability.
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District are monitoring the air quality.
The levels of outdoor risk include:
- Level 1: Good
- Level 2: Moderate
- Level 3: Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
- Level 4: Unhealthy
- Level 5: Very Unhealthy
Air quality could be impacted for many days to come and will be variable and unpredictable. Air quality may improve at times or get worse very quickly. Particles in the smoke can cause burning eyes, runny nose, coughing, scratchy throat, irritated sinuses and headaches. Wildfires do not need to be nearby for these symptoms to occur; with certain weather conditions, we can have smoke from fires far away.
We will continue to monitor the air quality and will provide an update later this evening. Please check your email and our website for updates on campus closure or opening tomorrow.
To view hourly updates on the air quality, please visit the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District website.
Ellen Junn, Ph.D.