UPDATED List of Local School Closures for Thursday, Oct.12 (Also Includes Open Schools)

October 11, 2017 20:50 pm · 51 comments

The following local schools will be CLOSED on Thursday Oct.12 due to the poor air quality in Contra Costa County:

  • ALL Mt. Diablo Unified schools
  • ALL Martinez Unified schools
  • ALL Antioch Unified schools
  • ALL Pittsburg Unified schools
  • Diablo Valley College (both campuses)
  • Berean Christian High School
  • Calvary Temple school and preschool
  • Tabernacle school
  • King’s Valley Christian School and Preschool
  • Contra Costa Christian School
  • Woodrose Academy
  • Contra Costa School of Performing Arts
  • New Home Academy
  • Ygnacio Valley Christian school and preschool
  • Los Medanos College

The following local schools will remain OPEN:

  • Clayton Valley Charter High School
  • ALL Walnut Creek School District schools
  • ALL Acalanes Union High School District schools
  • Carondelet High School
  • De La Salle High School

Other schools are unknown at this time.

The list shown above will be updated when we get more information.

Jen W October 11, 2017 at 9:02 PM

New Hope Academy is also closed

Laura Gillespie October 11, 2017 at 9:08 PM

Ygnacio Valley Christian School and Preschool are also closed tomorrow.

Christine October 11, 2017 at 9:13 PM

Valle Verde Children’s Center will be closed on Thursday..

CDB CV Parent October 11, 2017 at 9:16 PM

Does anyone know if Mt Diablo onsite day cares are closed too?

anon October 11, 2017 at 9:22 PM

This isn’t just wood smoke. It’s plastics, gas, oil, rubber, fertilizers, and who know’s what other toxic chemicals are in the air.

Clarco O. October 11, 2017 at 9:25 PM

I hate Clayton Valley

Lesly October 11, 2017 at 9:32 PM

Does anyone know if Los Medanos College is going to be closed?

Lesly October 11, 2017 at 9:33 PM

Does anyone know if Los Medanos College is gonna be closed?

Candy October 11, 2017 at 9:40 PM

What about Shadelands, YWCA preschool ? I haven’t heard from them yet…

Shelby J Smith October 11, 2017 at 9:46 PM

Pleasant Hill Adventist Academy is also closed tomorrow

Jennifer October 11, 2017 at 9:47 PM

NorthCreek Academy and Preschool are closed to students tomorrow. Parent-teacher conferences to proceed as scheduled.

Kristi McComas October 11, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Walnut Creek Christian Academy and Preschool are OPEN.

Jenni October 11, 2017 at 10:00 PM

St. Francis of Assisi K-8 in Concord is OPEN

Mika October 11, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Thank you mayor for your updates, it’s nice to have one place to go for up to the minute news!

Rachel October 11, 2017 at 10:06 PM

Wood Rose Academy and Preschool will be closed tomorrow.

RG October 11, 2017 at 10:06 PM

I think it is ridiculous that all the schools within the Mt Diablo School District do not have the welfare of our children at heart. No one truly knows the extent of the health risks associated with the bad air quality we are experiencing. CVCHS should be more concerned about their students health than getting their state money.

CLAYCORD.com October 11, 2017 at 10:08 PM

Clayton Valley Charter IS NOT a part of the MDUSD.

David October 11, 2017 at 10:12 PM

Is Queen of all Saints closed in Concord too ? Does anyone know ?

Shelby J Smith October 11, 2017 at 10:15 PM

LMC and DVC are both closed

V October 11, 2017 at 10:33 PM


I believe so. I just attended a PACE meeting, no mention of school closure. Also, no email has been sent for notification.

eng October 11, 2017 at 10:33 PM

Does anyone know if Los Medanos College is gonna be closed?

It will be closed. https://www.dvc.edu/about/safety/emergency/advisories.html

K October 11, 2017 at 10:37 PM

Lesly- LMC is closed as well. Campus safety sent out a text message tonight.

AB October 11, 2017 at 10:38 PM

David according to the newsletter sent today, Queen of All Saints will remain open for school and extended care tomorrow.

Nadia October 11, 2017 at 10:59 PM

Antioch Unified is also closed tomorrow.

Sheri J October 12, 2017 at 4:41 AM

If schools have functioning HVAC they should be open. Tired of dumb ass parents who scream bloody murder, who think their kids are better off roaming the streets.

I hope they can pay for daycare, lost wages, or for the free breakfast and lunches kids will have to go without because they think somehow their air is any different. Schools are a safe place to be, and it’s not like the kids are out having recess or PE… yes those should be brought indoors, as schools have Already done this week.

Shame on the schools for deciding to pan off liability out of fear of a few squeaky wheels. Pathetic.

AnonZ October 12, 2017 at 5:19 AM

I’m trying to figure out why schools would close when not in danger of actual fire. It must be the insurance liability because at school, home, work, outside, you’re still breathing the same crappy air.

Ruzay October 12, 2017 at 6:13 AM

Does anybody know if the Lynn center in Pittsburgh will be closed today as well?

Jasmine October 12, 2017 at 7:01 AM

Eagle peak Montessori also closed

Rob October 12, 2017 at 8:03 AM

So, why close the schools? Is the air quality any better at the kids homes or other locations?

And, with a sudden closure – for a parent or parents who work with grade school kids – I guess this makes sense how?

WhatThe? October 12, 2017 at 8:10 AM

Maybe I’m missing something but why is the air in my house somehow better than the air in school? Keep the kids inside, just like you do when its raining. Just don’t see how this helps out the kids.

Dc October 12, 2017 at 8:21 AM

They close in hopes to keep the kids inside all day without them going outside. Plus they dont want the responsibility of making sure kids are good. I know some schools had kids go home yesterday due to the smoke they inhale.

Anonymous October 12, 2017 at 8:25 AM

If you have an elementary school student I can see keeping the kids inside and at the school, it would be easier, however from a middle and high school structure they are moving from class room to class room and being outside when it is hard to breath is an issue. Yes the air is better at home, because they are inside

MDUSD Teacher October 12, 2017 at 8:34 AM

Yes, our school has a functioning AC system. However, there are no filters. With doors opening and closing as part of the normal school routine, my classroom air was terrible. We kept kids inside for the entire day but it was still awful. Kids were coughing and my chest hurt by the end of the day. The air in my home is much better as we can keep the doors and windows closed and not recirculate the horrible outside air.

Mount Mom October 12, 2017 at 8:58 AM

I remember several years ago when Tesoro did some pretty intense flaring and the school took zero precautions. My son’s asthma was exacerbated to needing an ER visit but still I didn’t blame the school. I blamed Tesoro. It’s not good with the kids being exposed to the smoke while changing classes and whatnot. What I don’t understand is why CVCHS, DLS and Carondelet haven’t closed with all their precious kidos of pretentious parents. I thought they’d be out of their minds!!! Sidenote, I went to Carondelet. LOL

CDB CV Parent October 12, 2017 at 9:21 AM

Stop judging and putting parents down if they are concerned for their kids well being. Breathing this stuff in their lungs is awful, it’s early and my chest already hurts. My CV student had to stand outside for lunch and brunch, she was coughing all night, my grade schooler can’t have better air quality in a small room with 30 other kids with the door opening constantly for bathroom breaks.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 12, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Looks like some parents are upset that the schools won’t be handling babysitting duties today.

oldman October 12, 2017 at 9:36 AM

Has anyone ever sat by a camp fire?

Fill Werrel October 12, 2017 at 9:43 AM

So no school.
But while waiting at the bus stop taking my child to day care, I see kids biking, walking in the streets and overheard some having plans going to the mall, watching a movie or what not. I guess that beats going to class.

Kentucky Derby October 12, 2017 at 9:45 AM

There is a socio-economic divide as to what schools are open or closed. Acalanes, Walnut Creek and San Ramon districts are open. MDUSD, Martinez and West Contra Costa are closed.

With the exception of CVCHS, the schools that are remaining open are in wealthy areas, with highly educated parents. No one should be surprised.

There’s more to this than the health of the children and the district losing money. They don’t want to upset the rich folks.

School Employee October 12, 2017 at 9:58 AM

The district is damned if they did and damned if they didn’t.

Shawna October 12, 2017 at 10:14 AM

@What the? Keeping the kids inside when its raining? Yeah they keep the kids inside in elementary school, but they still have to go to the bathroom, go outside, go get lunch, go outside. Middle School and High School kids don’t get “kept” inside when its raining. They go outside from class to class…Yes the air quality is better in your home then in my classroom where there is NO filter on the ac unit and the door os opening and closing so the kids can go to the bathroom. Also there is 35+ kids jammed in my classroom so you do the math.

WC resident October 12, 2017 at 10:15 AM

It seems ironic that after all that drama yesterday resulting in school closures today due to air quality issues that we have clear blue skies today though it’s a bit chilly.

https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&zipcode=94517&submit=Go shows an AQI of 159 “unhealthy” at the moment. It was in the high 260s yesterday.

I did not see any spare the air day announcements for today but http://www.sparetheair.org/stay-informed/todays-air-quality shows we are in spare-the-air mode today and also tomorrow (Friday).

Today October 12, 2017 at 11:23 AM

CVCHS, is a Charter school now . Remember that wanted to break away from the Mt Diablos School District..?? As their children were not being adequately educated ..

Strad October 12, 2017 at 11:37 AM

This reminds me of the 70s and 80s air quality with no fires.

Bay Area Teacher October 12, 2017 at 11:51 AM

This was not a decision made from parent concern. This was a decision made at the district level. Our top priority as educators is to keep children safe. As MDUSD Teacher (33) mentioned, even with HVAC, classrooms were exposed to smoke, and students go in and out of rooms all day. Students needed to go home due to health related issues caused by the smoke. Schools in parts of the bay area had ambulances come for emergency situations due to these health issues.

Don’t blame parents, or the school for taking a precaution. While skies may be blue now, the toxicity level of air particles is still at an unhealthy level (even if it is less than yesterday), and can get worse at any time as all of the fires are still burning.

Yes, there are children outside playing. While I personally feel they should stay inside, we cannot control what other families choose to do.

Yes, parents are missing work and this can create a hardship for the family. This comes with being a parent. If their child was sick, they would need to stay home with them then too.

We need to be grateful that schools are concerned about their students’ and their teachers’ well being. We are fortunate that is the only issue we are facing now. What is one or two days off, and without work? Look at the families in the North Bay that have lost everything. Perhaps our energy should be focused on what we can do for them.

M October 12, 2017 at 1:06 PM

Cal State East Bay Concord campus is officially closed today & tomorrow as of 9AM this morning.

Rollo Tomasi October 12, 2017 at 1:09 PM

I’m in SF right now. The air is worse here than in the Diablo Valley, and SF schools are in session. The current AQI in Concord is 149, in SF it’s 164.

Kentucky Derby October 12, 2017 at 1:52 PM

This IS a decision made at the district level. But if the only concern was the health and safety of the children, ALL schools would be closed.

This is socio-economic divide – period. If you don’t think so, you’ve never taught in a wealthy district.

Mom-in-Concord October 12, 2017 at 2:58 PM

I think the question is not, why are the other schools closed but rather, why are Acalanes, Walnut Creek and San Ramon schools open? My kids, who are at one of these schools, reported ash falling from the sky and smoke swirling through the halls. The ventilation systems are inadequate and the students are exposed to the pollution as they walk from class to class. Students are having breathing issues and many have headaches from the smoke. The socio-economic side of it seems to be that these districts may be valuing the money they will lose through absences over the health of their students.

anon October 12, 2017 at 3:13 PM

Is there going to school tomorrow in MDUSD?

CLAYCORD.com October 12, 2017 at 3:54 PM

No school tomorrow (friday) in the MDUSD.

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