Twin Falls School District cancels Friday classes due to air quality

Posted at 3:17 PM, Aug 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-20 17:20:38-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — The Twin Falls School District is canceling all in-person classes Friday, August 21.

The district says the decision is because of the air quality in the Twin Falls area.

"Throughout the day on Thursday, August 20, district administrators monitored and continually evaluated the air quality in the Twin Falls area," the district said in a letter to parents. "On Thursday, the Air Quality Index was at or above 150 most of the day, reaching 188 before the end of the school day."

The district's policy on air quality and student activities like physical education classes, recess, and other athletics restricts outdoor activities when the air quality index is more than 150.

The district says the air quality will make it challenging to give students a chance for face-covering breaks inside the building because of a lack of social distancing, so the district decided to close the schools for the day for all students.

The air quality is expected to stick around through Friday.