Air quality flag program at JT Moore

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How much pollution is in the air today?

You can find out by simply looking at our flag pole!

JT Moore has partnered with the American Lung Association in Tennessee to adopt the EPA Air Quality Flag Program. The goal is to protect students from the health impacts of air pollution. 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 (www.airnow.gov).

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 qualityYellow moderate air qualityOrange unhealthy for some people, including children and those with asthmaRed unhealthy for everyonePurple very unhealthy for everyone

On unhealthy air days, we will take precautions and play inside. In addition to raising flags, we will have in-class activities to learn more about air pollution, how it affects us, and what we can do to make the air cleaner.

Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Air Pollution:If possible, stay indoors if air quality is bad that day. Do not play or exercise near busy roads. Watch for symptoms. Air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse and trigger attacks. While this program is not the solution to pollution, it helps to relieve harm.  We are proud to be involved. For more information on the Air Quality Flag Program, go to www.airnow.gov/schoolflag.

To learn more about outdoor air quality and the American Lung Association’s initiatives to ensure healthy air and protect healthy lungs, visit www.lung.org/healthyair

We hope that this helps our scholars become more aware of their surroundings, health and our environment.

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