Due to the still burning wildfires in Canada, an air quality alert remains in effect for Berkshire County. In fact, 100 million people in the U.S. are under some sort of advisory due to bad air.

Folks who are susceptible to breathing issues such as asthma are being asked to spend more time indoors if possible or at least have their inhaler handy.

I spoke with a staff member at Capeless School in Pittsfield about tomorrow's Pittsfield Suns game as students were invited, and she said that all outdoor field trips have been cancelled.

Pittsfield Public Schools

Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Joe Curtis sent out the following information regarding some adjustments due to the current air quality.

Through Friday, June 9, 2023 - All students will remain indoors for recess and PE 

Through Friday, June 9, 2023 - All OUTDOOR field trips are canceled.  Indoor field trips will proceed as planned.

The High School Athletic Director communicated MIAA to discuss our situation in Berkshire County, which is not similar to the rest of the state. The representative indicated that we must participate in the games or will have to forfeit. 

In order to provide our players with the opportunity to participate in the state tournament, we will continue with the THS and PHS softball games today. As always, an athletic trainer and EMT will be onsite. Out of an abundance of caution, we have asked County Ambulance to have an ambulance at each site. Any softball player who feels they can not play for any medical reason will be excused with no repercussions.

More information soon related to the Taconic High School baseball game being held on Thursday, June 8, 2023.  The Pittsfield High School baseball will be away at the Tantasqua School District in the eastern part of the state.

Pittsfield City Hall

Our region is still under a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection air quality advisory alert. According to MassDEP’s advisory, people in sensitive groups should avoid prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion and consider moving indoors or rescheduling.

Those with asthma should keep quick relief medicine handy. Everyone else should reduce prolonged or heavy outdoor exertion and take more breaks and do less intense activities.

I hope you found this post informative.

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