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March 30, 2023

Gavilan resumes classes after closing due to air quality

Gavilan College classes were set to resume Monday after the campus closed Thursday and Friday last week due to poor air quality in the region.
Gavilan announced on its website classes would resume Monday. Air quality has been poor in the region due to the Camp Fire in Butte County, and it has even worse in Gilroy than Hollister.
Last week, Gavilan closed the campus for two days when the Air Quality Index reached the “unhealthy” level of 150-200. The AQI measures particles, or pollutants, in the air at any given time. Measurements of 50-100 are considered “moderate,” while measurements of 100-150 are considered “unhealthy for sensitive groups.”
The AQI in Gilroy on Monday morning was 132. In Hollister, the AQI was 109 as of 7 a.m.
San Benito High School District and the Hollister School District won’t have to make that call this week since they are closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Air quality could improve significantly mid-week as well, with rain storms expected to hit the area Wednesday through Friday.
The Camp Fire, meanwhile, was at 151,000 acres burned and 66 percent containment Monday morning.