Fresno State outdoor activity may be canceled due to air quality

A haze is visible in the air above the Fresno State campus on Oct. 27. If air quality conditions due not improve, the university will modify or cancel outdoor classes and activities on Oct. 28. (Larry Valenzuela/The Collegian)

Due to air quality conditions, Fresno State will potentially modify or cancel outdoor classes and activities on Monday, Oct. 28, according to a statement from the university.

At the moment, classes will continue as scheduled.

If the Air Quality Index (AQI) is expected to be more than 200 on Monday, all outdoor kinesiology/recreation administration classes will be canceled. Indoor work, events and activities will continue as scheduled.

The university will notify the campus community through a Bulldog Alert(Fresno State email and text messages), on the Fresno State website and social media by 9 p.m. on Sunday if a decision is made to modify or cancel classes.

Only essential employees will continue outdoor work including a job-specific safety plan.

As of Sunday at 4 p.m., the AQI is at 520. The statement recommends that individuals with heart or lung disease, children and older adults should remain indoors and keep activity levels low. Everyone else should avoid all physical activity outdoors.

“In addition to monitoring the air quality, we are closely monitoring the public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) and fire evacuations affecting our sister campuses in the Bay Area and Southern California,” said Debbie Adishian-Astone, vice president for administration and chief financial officer. “Fortunately, everyone is safe, and we are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.”

The statement also said that the university has been in touch with a representative from PG&E, who noted that Fresno State is not expected to be affected by the public safety power shutoffs at this time.

Should this status change, Fresno State will notify the community through the Bulldog Alert, the university website and social media.

Update: As of 2 p.m. on Oct. 28, the AQI has risen to 248, prompting the university to cancel all outdoor activities for the remainder of the day. Members of the campus community can expect a further update by 8:30 p.m. regarding campus operations for Oct. 29.

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