August 11, 2021


Dear PACCC Families,

As we prepare for another wildfire season, we wanted to update you on our plan to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our staff, children and families. 

  • PACCC will use AirNOW to monitor air quality 
  • All PACCC facilities are equipped with an Austin Air Healthmate Plus Air Purifier
  • All staff will be provided with protective face masks  
  • If you would like to order a protective HALO Mask for your child or your family, here is the link to use (which gives PACCC 20% back on any purchase made)
  • When air quality is in the orange tier (101-150), outdoor spaces will be open for short periods of time throughout the day; indoor spaces will remain available for high-risk individuals
  • When air quality is in the red tier (151+) or above for a majority of the day, everyone will be required to stay indoors and families will be encouraged to pick their children up early
  • You will receive an email by 7:00am on days when air quality is in or above the red tier and it is helpful to pick up early to reduce the group size indoors
  • After three full days of indoor operations without outdoor time, we will move into reduced hours

Reduced Hours/Closures:
  • School-Age (SA) programs will align with PAUSD for closures while school is in session
  • Infant-Toddler and Preschool (ITP) programs will close at 4:00pm after three days of indoor only operations (without any outdoor time)
  • If poor air quality continues for weeks, resulting in indoor only operations, ITP programs will continue to close at 4:00pm to give children and staff relief from being in large groups for long hours and SA families will be encouraged to pick up early
  • If air quality is in the brown tier (301-500) at the start of the day, centers will be closed that day
  • You will receive an email by 7:00am if air quality results in early closure or full closure

Being in large groups indoors with windows closed, no outdoor time, and while managing COVID-19 protocols (e.g. wearing masks) for multiple days in a row is not in the best interest of children or staff. The hope is that this plan balances our families' need for care, while also considering the health and well-being of our children and staff. As always, emergency situations are fluid and any changes to this plan will be communicated in a timely manner to families. We appreciate your understanding as we prepare for another California wildfire season. 

Please reach out to your Center Director or Program Coordinator if you have any questions.

Melissa Townsend
Infant-Toddler & Preschool Program Coordinator
Jill Higareda
School-Age Program Coordinator