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Schools Improving Air Quality Indoors

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The recent wild-land fires across southwest Oregon and northern California are pushing smoke into the area causing concern for school officials.

School districts are concerned about exposing students to the smoke when it comes to outdoor activities. Before school begins in less than a month, they want to have plan to protect students.

Wednesday afternoon, the Southern Oregon Education Service District organized a meeting regarding air quality. School districts and several state and federal agencies joined in on the meeting. School officials discussed ways to improve the air quality inside the buildings. They discussed buying air-filter machines, limiting outdoor activities or improving the filter system inside the buildings.

The Medford School District says it’s already checked its air filter system inside the schools.

“Looking over our facility, you’ll probably find better air quality in our buildings than any other place in our city. So, we’re going to take a approach that if we get to kids to school, we’ll run with a full day of school get them their education and send them home in the afternoon,” explained superintendent Dr. Phil Long.

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