Between skies filled with wildfire smoke and the respiratory health concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, air quality has never been more relevant to school districts. When air quality is poor, education officials find themselves confronted with a difficult decision: do we alter school operations to protect student health?
In this guide, you will learn:
Why outdoor air quality matters to school districts?
While indoor air quality is a common topic of discussion for school administrators, outdoor air quality is rarely considered except during periods of extreme air pollution. Outdoor air quality also has a significant impact on school district operations, however, and can often be managed more cost-effective.
LAUSD’s Know Your Air Network, in partnership with Clarity and the Coalition for Clean Air, is a first-of-its-kind ambient air monitoring network that provides real-time monitoring across more than 200 school campuses, providing reliable, local air quality data for students, educators and parents. Learn more >>
Node-S devices deployed
Square miles covered
"People want to know what’s really happening with their local air quality. The ability to have an answer back to students, parents, and teachers within seconds is invaluable."
We work mainly with the local authorities for deploying the Node-S devices — with the local council. The community has been really helpful and has made a big difference. The majority of the Nodes are up on street lamps around the town.
"Having real-time, very hyper-local data about the air quality where you are spending your time has great potential to impact people, in terms of the decisions they make, but also in terms of making that connection between the environment and health."
“The Know Your Air Network provides us with vital air quality information that can be used to inform real-time decisions to protect the health and well-being of our school communities. This air quality sensor network is unparalleled in its size and scope, demonstrating Los Angeles Unified’s commitment to providing the safest learning environment for our students.”
"Having the sensor on site is great for our school and a nice service to offer our surrounding community. Our device went in about 3 years ago and is working great! It is so important for us to know our air quality. Whenever it hits unhealthy levels, we keep our students inside. The data is available right on my phone, so I can check it ahead of recess and make a real-time decision on whether to send students outside or keep them on an indoor activity schedule when air quality is over the threshold. "
“We chose Clarity because they provided up-to-date, local, scientifically-backed, and relevant data to make decisions about whether to keep students inside. Because of the geography and demographics in our county, the official air monitoring stations are about an hour away with hills in between, providing irrelevant data. We would have poor air quality and the official stations would be cleared; or the official stations would show heavy particulate levels and we would have clean air."