Since October 2017, the Bay Area has experienced a number of days with poor air quality due to fires in northern California.
When schools are in session, CLC Schools follow the guidelines in the "School Air Quality Activity Recommendations, which were created by the California Department of Education in partnership with the California Air Resources Board, California Air Pollution Control Officers Association, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Association of California School Administrators, and California School Boards Association.
To determine local air quality, CLCS staff monitor several websites, including:
When the air is particularly bad, CLCS staff check these sites on the hour so as to communicate accurate information to the sites. CLCS staff also consult with surrounding charters, districts and the Alameda County Office of Education to determine what steps to take to minimize the risk for learners and staff.
See below for the School Air Quality Activity Guide that CLCS follows.
Air Quality and COVID Safety
For the 2021-22 school year, the situation is more complex, due to the need to balance using outdoor spaces at lunch and recess (to protect against COVID-19) with the need to keep learners indoors in the event of unhealthy air. CLCS learners will eat outside for up to 15 minutes and return indoors for the remainder of lunch and recess.
At Nea and ACLC, as at many schools, traffic becomes congested at drop-off and pick-up times. Our number one priority during these time is to keep our learners safe. To help us do that, please read these traffic safety guidelines:
To reduce traffic congestion, we encourage families to walk, ride, or take public transit to school.
If you are driving, you can avoid the congestion by using the parking lot on Main Street, just south of Appezzato, at the north end of the sports field. It is a five-minute walk from campus
We ask that families of learners in grades 6-12 pick their learners up at the Main Street lot rather than on Third Street.
We ask that families needing to visit the school office during drop-off or pick-up times park at the Main Street lot, as there is likely no parking available on Third Street.
The white curb zones are for immediate passenger drop-off and pick-up only. Like the passenger drop-off and pick-up zones at the airport:
Drivers may not park or leave their cars.
Drivers may not sit and wait for a child who is not present and ready to enter the car.
All adults and youth must cross the street using the crosswalk. Jaywalking and congested traffic are a dangerous combination!
Double parking is not allowed, as it slows traffic and endangers children.
U-turns are not allowed in the crosswalks or on Third St in front of the school. These maneuvers are dangerous and block traffic in both directions, causing worse congestion for everyone.
When dropping learners off in the morning on Third Street, please help keep traffic flowing smoothly and safely by observing the following:
Plan ahead and give yourself extra time for morning drop-off.
Do not allow your child to exit the car when you are not at the curb. We have seen several near misses between cars and children when children exit the car in the middle of the road.
When picking learners up after school:
Once a car has reached the front (exit point) of the white curb zone, drivers may not sit and wait for a child who is not present and ready to enter the car. When the white zone is full, these drivers will be asked to loop around the block and get back in the pick-up line.
Please keep in mind that if you want to park and wait, you should use the Main Street parking lot.