By Levi Livengood
Santa Clara County set dismissal from school due to smoke to 275 aqi (Air Quality Index). Many students and teachers were disappointed and even enraged by this threshold, which they consider arbitrary and even dangerous. It is an understatement to say that the people of Independence High School were mildly disappointed.
Sophomore Faith Livengood says that, “They should have canceled school. They even forced my little brothers to go to school. It looks so gray outside! Nonetheless, we should be grateful that the fire has not come here.”
It is important to protect ourselves from the effects of smoke on our health and the health of others. Inhaling smoke can lead to headaches on the light side, and death on the more grave end.
Be sure to take all the steps necessary to maintain your own health.