Air Quality Monitoring Policy

In light of air quality issues in our community due to wildfires, and with safety as our first priority, Nearby Nature has created the following policies with respect to programming at our site in Alton Baker Park and air quality for the Fall of 2020. Note that this is all new to us, as we have never had such an extended air quality emergency before, and we will amend these policies over time if needed. (Note that policies for programming at other sites will be similar, but we will use more community wide data to make cancellation decisions.)

Monitoring: On each day that there is a potential air quality issue, we will monitor the AQI starting an hour and a half before a scheduled program. The main source of information we will use for making this determination is the real time Purple Air monitor that we have at our site in Alton Baker Park. See https://www2.purpleair.com/. If you allow Purple Air to access your location, you can find our monitor in Alton Baker Park.

1 — If the AQI index is 1-100 (good to moderate), and it looks like it will remain that way, we will run our program for the day. If we are running our program, you WILL NOT hear from us.

2 — If the AQI is between 101 and 150, and is trending downwards, or staying about the same, we will most likely run our program for the day. You will need to consider for yourself whether you want to send your child to our program (or attend yourself) at this level (unhealthy for sensitive groups). We will keep our activities more low key on days with air quality in this range. Again, if we are running our program, you WILL NOT hear from us.

3 — If the AQI is between 101 and 150, and is trending upwards, we will most likely cancel our program for the day. You will get an email/text/call from your child’s instructor (for youth programs) if we are cancelling our program, by an hour before the program’s scheduled time. For public programs, we will post cancellations on our website calendar an hour before the program’s scheduled start.

4 — If the AQI is over 150, and staying the same or trending upward, we will cancel our program for the day. You will get an email/text/call from your child’s instructor (for youth programs) if we are cancelling our program, by an hour before the program’s scheduled time. For public programs, we will post cancellations on our website calendar an hour before the program’s scheduled start..

5 — If the air quality declines dramatically during your program day, and it is unsafe to continue the program, you will get an email/text/call from your child’s instructor asking for a pick-up as soon as possible (for youth programs).

Refunds/Program Credits: If we cancel program days, we will offer pro-rated program credits or refunds at the end of your program session. You will also be invited to make your accumulated credit a donation to our Youth Scholarship Fund. Such a donation would be very much appreciated as the added administrative time needed for making refunds and the income lost due to program cancellations is also a hardship for Nearby Nature’s finances during this difficult time.

***IMPORTANT: Preferred Contact Method for Cancellation Announcements: If your child is enrolled in a Nearby Nature program, please provide our staff with your preferred contact person and method (including specific number or email) for cancellation announcements. Note who should receive the notification and whether they would like a text, call, or email.***