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School Resources for Colorado Wildfires

School Resources for Colorado Wildfires

Health Resources

  • - This website shows current air quality by region.
  • Air Quality School Flag Program - This program helps alert people of their local air quality forecast. Resources from the program are available to help people take actions to reduce exposure to air pollution.
  • Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools (PDF) - This fact sheet was developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the School Flag Program. It provides information about when and how to
    modify outdoor physical activity for children and teens based on the Air Quality Index.
  • Wildfire smoke and COVID-19 - This CDC webpage explains how families can take action to protect themselves from wildfire smoke during the COVID-19 pandemic, including ways to create a cleaner air space at home. This webpage also contains helpful tips to tell the difference between symptoms from smoke exposure and COVID-19.

Resources for Families Displaced by Wildfires and Other Natural Disasters

For those impacted by Colorado wildfires, immediate needs for income and housing may overshadow critical concerns about education of children and youth. However, the needs of displaced students should also be considered. Tools are designed to assist school districts and community partners with displaced students seeking access to appropriate educational services.

View resources through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Office

Supporting Displaced Special Education Students

School Safety and Crisis Resources

Many organizations have developed resources to help schools, parents and students dealing with the emotional trauma of violent events and who are seeking information on how to create safe school environments.

View resources.

General Resources for Disasters

Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA)

This state agency works with local communities to ensure citizens displaced from their homes access resources that help families and individuals rebuild, relocate and find permanent housing. Visit the Disaster Recovery and Housing Programs webpage for more information.

Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA)

The FEMA website provides disaster victims with information on how to access a variety of support services, including government benefits, hotlines for finding loved ones, and more.

U.S. Department of Education

The USDOE has released tips for helping students who are recovering from traumatic events. The webpage provides practical information for parents and students who are coping with the aftermath of a natural disaster, as well as teachers, coaches, school administrators and others who are helping those affected.