June 28, Air Quality Alert

Dear Oxford Families,

We are currently under a National Weather Service Air Quality Alert due to the smoke from the Canadian wildfires.The current air quality in Oxford is at 184 AQI for PM 2.5 which is deemed unhealthy for everyone. Over the next 24 hours it is expected to fluctuate between unhealthy for everyone and unhealthy for sensitive groups according to the EPA and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

The current recommendations forchildren, teens,people with heart or lung disease and older adults to reduce exposure and harm of the pollutants are to:

  • Avoid strenuous activities.
  • Keep outdoor activities short.
  • Consider moving physical activities indoors or rescheduling them.

The current recommendation for everyone else is:

  • Choose less strenuous activities (like walking instead of running) so you don’t breathe as hard.
  • Shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors.
  • Be active outdoors when air quality is better.

For the health and safety of our students who are on any of our campuses today, we have moved all outdoor activities and athletic practices inside. This includes the Parking Lot Party for middle school and high school students which will be held in the Oxford Middle School gym beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Our building HVAC systems will help reduce the particulates from the smoke inside as well. At this time, the forecast indicates the levels are going to remain unhealthy for all groups through the rest of the week. Please look for daily updates which may impact tomorrow’s summer engagement and activities.

For more information on Michigan’s air quality visit:https://www.michigan.gov/EGLE


Dr. Vickie L. Markavitch