Air quality experts will gather with students and school staff today to spread a simple message: Parents, turn off your engines.
Health and air quality experts will meet with parents, teachers and students at Pleasanton Middle School at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the hazards of idling in your car while waiting in a parent pick-up line.
"Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children," the The Bay Area Air Quality Management District said in a release. "Students' lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects. Limiting a vehicle's idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and children's exposure to them."
Mary Frazier, a representative from UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Lisa Adamos, Pleasanton economic development specialist, Tom Flannigan, Bay Area Air District spokesman, and members of the Pleasanton Middle School leadership class will participate in the event at Pleasanton Middle, 5001 Case Ave.