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School Flag Program

The school flag program promotes awareness of air quality and helps children, parents, school personnel and the community be aware of daily air quality conditions.  Each day the participating school raises a flag that corresponds to how clean or polluted the air is.  The color of the flag matches EPA’s Air Quality Index (AQI): green, yellow, orange and red.  On unhealthy days, the school can use this information to adjust physical activities to help reduce exposure to air pollution, while still keeping people active. The primary goal of the program is to help protect children’s health when the Air Quality Index reaches an unhealthy level.  Air pollutants may affect sensitive groups such as asthmatics.  Some of the effects of air pollutants may include:

  • Increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing, or difficulty breathing.
  • Decreased lung function
  • Aggravated asthma
  • Development of chronic bronchitis
  • Chest tightness; chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat

One benefit of the program is to reduce asthma-related absenteeism among students.

Check out some of our schools who are taking part in the program.

For additional information concerning the school flag program please visit www.airnow.gov/flag .

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Published by Shirley Carter on November 29, 2016
        
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