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Monday, March 4, 2024
March 4, 2024

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Vancouver, Evergreen school districts suspend in-person services due to air quality

Move means students won't have access to free meals Monday

By , Columbian Sports Editor

Clark County’s two largest school districts announced Sunday that in-person services will be canceled Monday due to poor air quality.

Vancouver Public Schools and Evergreen Public Schools made the decision in light of wildfire smoke that pushed Clark County’s air well into the “hazardous” level on Sunday. The Southwest Clean Air Agency registered particulate pollution at 500, the top of its air-quality index.

Most significantly, the move means grab-and-go meal service will not be available for thousands of students who benefit from the free-meal service. Evergreen Public Schools had also planned to bring back small groups of kindergarten students for a hybrid in-person/remote learning trial run.

Remote learning will continue as scheduled Monday, but only essential staff will report to work at school district facilities.

Battle Ground Public Schools postponed Monday’s planned Chromebook and textbook pickup due to the air quality, but did not cancel free meal pickup.

Air quality is forecast to improve by Tuesday thanks to rain that should arrive late Monday night.