Over the last few days, we experienced a slight improvement in the local air quality which made us hopeful that today’s air quality would be better. Earlier this morning, the air quality index appeared more promising, but as we have been monitoring throughout the day, it is clear that the air quality has worsened throughout the Bay Area. While relief may come if the region receives anticipated precipitation, this isn’t expected until mid-week.

Due to the continued unhealthy air quality and projections that conditions will not significantly improve in the near future, all classes at CSM, Cañada College and Skyline College that are scheduled to begin after 4 pm today are canceled.  Additionally, all classes are canceled on Tuesday, November 20, and Wednesday, November 21, along with the pre-scheduled holiday break on Thursday and Friday. In addition to canceled classes, campus offices will be closed. Students and employees should not report to campus during this time period.

The San Mateo Athletic Club will remain open during this time. Visit their website or Facebook page for the most current information.

We fully expect all classes and campus business operations to resume on Monday, November 26.

This decision was made by the three college presidents in consultation with Chancellor Galatolo.  The health and safety of students, faculty and staff are our first priority.

We strongly encourage everyone to track the air quality readings and follow these recommended precautions:

  • Minimize outdoor activity and stay inside whenever possible
  • Keep all windows, doors and vents shut
  • If you exercise, only do so indoors

For further air quality information:

Please continue your thoughts for those who have been affected by the fires throughout the state.

We look forward to seeing you when campus re-opens on November 26 and wish you and your families an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving holiday.