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Unhealthy air quality levels force schools to keep students indoors

Many Idaho students spent their recess and lunch hours indoors on Wednesday because of poor air quality.

Unhealthy air quality levels forced schools across Idaho to keep students indoors on Wednesday.

"We're a school. This is what we do and we roll with it. We go with the flow," Kathy Crowley, Ponderosa Elementary Principal said.

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The levels reached category red levels for a few hours, prompting schools to keep students indoors during recess and lunch hours.

"We have a set procedure, and teachers have things for the kids to do and they sit in the halls by the classroom and they do things that are supposedly quiet and have a good time with friends," Crowley said.

School districts in Boise, Nampa, West Ada and Vallivue also spent the day monitoring the air quality to determine whether outdoor, after-school activities could go on as planned.