by: nevaeh baker and zelaysia singleton
On Nov. 16, the Oakland Unified School District canceled school because the smoke got too intense for kids to breathe, said OUSD.
From Nov. 8 through 25, smoke spread tremendously, causing the air to become unsafe for schools, including O-High. The air was so contaminated that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) advised families to stay inside as much as possible to avoid contact with the bad air, and if they must be outdoors, to have a face mask on at all times.
“The air quality across the Bay Area because of the wildfires has become worse, especially around some schools,” said John Sasaki, the communications director of OUSD on november 15th . “After consulting with public health experts, we have determined the best course of action is to close schools central office on Friday.”
Although the air affected Oaklanders, it also affected many parts of California worse because its spread bigger and destroyed more buildings and homes.
Oakland had its own history of dangerous fires.The East Oakland Hills, a fire caused 25 deaths, injured 150 other people, and destroyed 1,520 acres, 2,843 single-family dwellings, and 437 apartment and condominium units.
The air quality has affected people this November in the Bay Area negatively, especially elderly people and people with asthma.