February 5, 2019
Dear YES Families,
I am writing to ask for your help! Our goal is to keep the air quality around our school as healthy as possible. The drop off/pick up line is designated a "clear air zone". If you’re parked, waiting or going inside to sign out your child, please turn off the ignition—idling emits carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulates from the tailpipe. The gases not only contribute to climate change and air pollution but also can be harmful to the lungs of children, especially those with asthma.
Some schools have serious idling problems. This is what spawned the national Turn It Off campaign, which advocates for turning off your engine if you’ll be waiting more than 10 seconds in line. Check out the website to learn more about the effects of idlling and how we can all do our part to make a difference: https://iturnitoff.com/#/savings.
We appreciate your help in keeping the air quality at YES healthy for our students!
Ryan Gleason, YES Principal