Mid High Protocol: Poor Air Quality

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

As its primary resource, The Mid High Campus uses the Alberta Government Air Quality website for guidance. The current and forecasted air quality for Calgary can be located online at http://airquality.alberta.ca/map.
The Alberta Air Quality Index and accompanying health messages are as follows:

Health Risk Air Quality
Health Index Health Messages

At Risk Population General Population
Low Risk 1 – 3 Enjoy your usual outdoor activities. Ideal air quality for outdoor activities.
Moderate Risk 4 – 6 Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you are experiencing symptoms. No need to modify your usual outdoor activities unless you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
High Risk 7 – 10 Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also take it easy. Consider reducing or rescheduling strenuous activities outdoors if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
Very High Risk Above 10 Avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Children and the elderly should also avoid outdoor physical exertion. Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors, especially if you experience symptoms such as coughing and throat irritation.
*Each level of health risk is associated with a pair of health messages for at risk and general populations. It suggests steps we can take to reduce our pollution exposure.
**For more information on those who are at risk, see: Air Quality and Health
***Learn more about the AQHI with apps, fact sheets, videos and more at AQHI Resources

PROTOCOL

• AQHI 1-3
o On days where the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI – see below) is between 1 and 3, students will go outside as usual.
• AQHI 4-6
o If the AQHI is between 4 and 6, students will go outside as usual. Parents know their children best, so we are asking parents of students with respiratory issues who are considered “At Risk,” to have discussions with them regarding what activities to avoid when there are air quality concerns, and how to avoid them.
o Supervising staff will keep an eye out for anyone displaying signs of respiratory distress.
• AQHI 7-10
o If the AQHI is between 7 and 10, students will still go outside at recess and during PE and other outdoor classes.
o Activities in PE and other outdoor classes will be modified to avoid strenuous activities
o We will keep individual students inside for recess, PE and other outdoor classes if they have asthma, breathing problems or symptoms of poor air quality such as irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing especially during exercise. Though we have health records on file, parents are advised to call or email the school if they would like to ensure we’re aware of their child’s condition.
o ‘At Risk’ students will be provided with appropriate alternative programming indoors.
• AQHI 10+
o No one will go outside at all.