In recent years we have seen inversions, fires and other factors effect our outdoor air quality. There is a lot of concern about the effects of poor air quality on children's health and their ability to breath with ease.
What will the school do?
- We will check the Utah Department of Environmental Quality air quality index (AQI). This information will guide our outdoor physical activities.
- When the Air Quality Index (AQI) falls between 35-55.4, "sensitive" students will be allowed to stay indoors.
- When the AQI is between 55.5 and 90 sensitive students and students with other respiratoty conditions (chest cold, etc.) will be accomodated
- When the AQI rises above 90, outdoor physical activities will be avoided
for all children.
What should parents do?
- Parents, with advice from your health care provider, need to contact the school secretary or child's teacher if your child is "sensitive" to poor air quality.
- Sensitive children may include those with: significant or poorly controlled asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease, congenital heart disease (requiring medications or having permanent effects) or compromised immune systems.
For your information:
The daily AQI is located at Utah Division of Air Quality.
We are committed to providing a safe and healthy school for your child to learn. Please contact the school if you have questions about this issue.
Please remember that children need an opportunity to get outside, run-around and expend their energy when weather permits. Also, the Salt Lake City School District and the State of Utah require that schools provide recess for all elementary aged students as part of their wellness policy. Please encourage your children to dress warm as we do live in Utah and experience vast swings in temperatures. We are constantly working to create a healthy and safe, academically rich educational school environment.