Students Take Advantage of Better Air Quality

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SPARKS -- Improving air quality meant students could spend recess outside Thursday -- the first time that's happened in days at some local schools.

"I think it's been tough for our whole community; I think we're all feeling a little couped up," Heidi Gavrilles, principal at Bernice Mathews Elementary School, said.

Thursday, shifting wind led to a moderate air quality designation. The designation by health officials meant the air was only unhealthy for sensitive people.

At Bernice Mathews, asthmatic students still had to remain inside during recess.

Gavrilles said typically students might stay in for recess during significant snow storms.

The Reno area has experienced days of poor air quality due to smoke from the Rim Fire, which is burning near Yosemite.