Environment Canada has issued a special air quality statement due to widespread smoke in the area, resulting in poor air quality and reduced visibility in some areas. Rest assured, our schools have plans in place to monitor air quality and reduce or eliminate outdoor activities. In addition to Environment Canada weather alerts, school staff refer to the following resources to help them make decisions:
- Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) website
- Alberta Air Quality Map
- Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools (Poster)
Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Students with health conditions such as asthma will be more sensitive to unhealthy air. You can keep your child home if you are concerned about sending your child to school because of the air quality. Read more about precautions you can take on the Alberta Health Services website.
If you have any questions or specific concerns, you can always call your child’s school.