Most local schools closed Friday due to Camp Fire smoke

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Like many Bay Area school districts, the Redwood City School District, the Sequoia Union High School District and Cañada College have decided to close their schools on Friday due to the unhealthy air quality levels caused by the devastating Camp Fire in Northern California.

“The Air Quality Index reached the Very Unhealthy level earlier this afternoon and the forecast is expected to be the same for tomorrow,” according to the Redwood City School District. “For that reason, RCSD has decided to close our schools for tomorrow, Friday, November 16.”

Given the current and ongoing air conditions, “we feel this is the best decision for the health and safety of our school community,” according to the superintendent of the Sequioa Union High School District.

Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College will be closed through Saturday, with classes and campus operations resuming on Monday. Many other neighboring school districts have made the same decision.

Also closed are the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District, San Mateo-Foster City School District, Ravenswood City School District and many others. However, the San Carlos School District has decided to remain open.

“Please follow recommendations from the EPA to stay indoors, keep your children indoors, and keep your windows closed,” the Redwood City School District stated. “Also, it is recommended that you refrain from any strenuous or vigorous activities until the air quality improves.”