BUFFALO, N.Y. — Some local school districts are canceling outdoor activities Wednesday due to the poor air quality across Western New York caused by the wildfires in Canada.
Buffalo Public Schools (BPS) announced Tuesday that the district will be canceling all outdoor activities during the school day Wednesday because of the air quality.
The district said the decision was made as a precaution after an Air Quality Alert was issued by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for all of Western New York on Wednesday.
Amherst Central Schools sent a notice to parents Tuesday that they will also cancel outdoor activities, including outdoor field trips, athletic events, recess, and physical education classes.
Central Amherst Little League canceled all games for Wednesday due to poor air quality. T-ball and A-ball games will be rescheduled for Friday, June 9.
The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is also cancelling outdoor field trips and that students will stay indoors for the entire day.
The air quality alert was issued because of wildfires north of Montreal, Canada which have caused a change in the regional air quality across the entire Northeastern United States.
School officials recommend that children with respiratory issues, such as asthma, limit their time outdoors. The high amount of fine particulate matter in the air should be taken very seriously.
BPS said its standards for indoor air quality ensure the appropriate air quality in its schools, and the district will continue to keep families notified of any changes or recommendations that the state makes.