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Pleasanton: Alameda County closes all public schools Friday due to air quality

Spare the Air Days to continue through Tuesday next week

As air quality issues continue to persist around the Bay Area, the Alameda County Office of Education has decided that all county schools and district offices, including in Pleasanton, will be closed on Friday ahead of the Thanksgiving week break.

"This was not a decision reached lightly as we know that it is important for our students to be in school and learning," said L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, in a statement. "The safety of students and staff is paramount and the poor air quality conditions throughout the Bay Area made this a necessary step.

Pleasanton Unified has also decided to cancel all after-school athletics activities Thursday, both indoors and outdoors, district officials said. Friday's closure affects all PUSD schools and facilities, including PUSD's STEAM Preschool, Kids Club and Horizon Early Education Center.

"Thank you for your patience and flexibility, as we have navigated unprecedented air quality levels due to wildfires in Northern California," PUSD officials said in a statement. "The safety and well-being of our students and staff continues to be our number one priority."

Local schools have been observing inclement weather practices all week long in light of smoky conditions from the Camp Fire in Butte County, holding students indoors for recess and P.E. In neighboring Livermore, Las Positas College officials decided to cancel classes Thursday through Sunday.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District has additionally announced that Spare the Air Days will continue through Tuesday next week.

The alerts prohibit any burning of wood or other solid fuels, and air district officials urge Bay Area residents to limit outdoor activity as much as possible.

Editor's note: Information from Bay City News Service was used in this article.

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