How much pollution is in the air today? You can find out by simply looking at the flag pole. Our school has adopted the Air Quality Flag Program which means we will fly brightly colored flags to show how clean the air is each day.
The flags correspond to the colors of the Air Quality Index. The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.
Every school day we fly a flag with one of the following colors:
Green – good air quality
Yellow – moderate air quality
Orange – unhealthy for some people, including children and teenagers
Red – unhealthy for everyone
The good news in the Air Quality Flag Program helps protect students’ health. On green and yellow days we will encourage students to be outside and moving. When air quality is orange or red, it’s still OK for most people to exercise and work outside, but we encourage you to take breaks and do activities that are not as strenuous, like walking instead of running.
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is promoting the Air Quality Flag Program to schools. Many U.S. cities participate, and we are proud to be involved. In addition to raising flags, we will have in-class activities to learn more about pollution, how it affects us, and what we can do to make the air cleaner. Get more information on the flag program.