“Are the kids in the hall again?”
Almost every day for weeks, when I arrive to collect my two children from their after-school care, they’re inside the school hall with 100 others, their young carers positioned at the exits to make sure they stay there.
The air’s too dangerous for them to be outside.
Emily Smith lost everything in the NSW bushfires. Post continues below.
Last week, a text message to all parents: ‘Dear Parents/Caregivers: All PSSA sport, tennis and school sport are cancelled tomorrow due to poor air quality, Sports trainings are also cancelled.’
No cricket trials. No handball. No playground. Kids sitting in the classroom through recess and lunch. My son was meant to have an excursion to a local park this morning – cancelled.
It’s too toxic out there.
As I write this, the Department of Health reports that the air quality in most of the greater Sydney region has reached ‘hazardous’ levels. In NSW, ambulances are responding to increasing instances of respiratory illnesses, and there are over 100 aircrafts fighting fires in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. It’s estimated that the area burned so far is larger than some small countries.
Average levels of P2.5 in the air are hitting the red zone for much of NSW. pic.twitter.com/W096lsUtPe
— Helen Davidson (@heldavidson) December 10, 2019