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Learn more about our air quality

There are times of the year when we experience poor air quality in Beijing and we know this is an issue of importance for many of our parents.

At The British School of Beijing, Shunyi, we make every effort to ensure we provide a safe environment for our children to learn in and have therefore have the following systems and procedures in place.

The Shunyi campus uses three air purification systems in unison across the entire school. First, we use the Beacon brand of filters in our central air conditioning system and we have installed high-specification ceiling-mounted Daikin brand air filters in all of our classrooms and communal areas, aimed at reducing the indoor PM2.5 to consistently 25 or better. Our foyer areas also feature air curtains over both the front and back entrances, and large scale air purifiers as well as positive pressure systems in the doorways. In October 2014 an indoor Sports Dome became available to increase opportunity for physical exercise no matter the outdoor conditions.

The outside AQI levels are from the American Embassy official website and refer to air quality in downtown BJ specifically. BSB reserves the right to modify our response if air quality is measurably different at our school than officially stated for the downtown air quality monitoring station.  If there is any doubt, the Principal will make the decision as to whether or not we may take classes outdoors. 

Training for all BSB Shunyi staff takes place very regularly for administrative and teaching staff. Staff are trained on the policy as well as the required reaction and on the proper use of air purifiers in each room.

Indoor air quality results are measured by our own staff whenever the outdoor air pollution is significant, and also verified by two external and independent companies, to ensure the measures taken are working well. If any areas of the school are found to have pockets of pollution, we will immediately take measures to extend the central purification system. We regularly publish the results of the monitoring to parents and will shortly have visible monitoring systems installed.

At a glance our AQI limits are:

AQI over 150 and below 180

Pre-Nursery (Teddies) and Nursery are have limited outdoor play (approximately 2 x 20 minutes per day)

AQI over 180

Pre-Nursery, Nursery & Reception students stay indoors

AQI over 200

Primary school students stay indoors

AQI over 250

Secondary School students stay indoors
All outdoor sports tournaments cancelled
All outdoor ASAs cancelled

AQI over 300

Beijing day trips and excursions also cancelled

 

In line with the ISAC agreement among Beijing International Schools, an outdoor sports tournament will not begin where the outside AQI is 251 or above, with a 6:15am notification from the hosting school. Any sports tournament must end if the AQI moves to an unacceptable level during the event. As mentioned below, when the AQI is above 180 Primary children are restricted from high impact activities even indoors, and above 300 Secondary students also do not undertake high impact activities during their indoor activity time.

The following table shows, in more detail, the response taken by our school, depending on the AQI level.

AQI Index Air Quality Rank Pupil Activities Facility Procedures

0-100

Superior / Good

Normal Activities

Aerate doors and windows minimum of 20 minutes per day. Air Purifiers running on low setting. 

101-149

Mild / Moderate Pollution

Normal Activities

Doors and windows closed. Air Purifiers running on low setting.

150-179

Mild / Moderate Pollution

Students with respiratory problems excused from outdoor activities

Pre-Nursery (Teddies) and Nursery are have limited outdoor play (approximately 2 x 20 minutes per day)

Doors and windows closed. Air Purifiers running on low setting.

180- 200

Moderate-heavy pollution

Teddies, Nursery and Reception outdoor activities cancelled.

Primary children are restricted from high impact activities.

Doors and windows closed. Air Purifiers running on low setting.

200-249

Moderate-heavy Pollution

Activities for Primary children restricted to indoors only.

High impact activities restricted for Secondary.

Doors and windows closed. Air Purifiers running on high setting.

250-300

Moderate-heavy pollution

Activities for Primary and Secondary Students restricted to indoors. All high impact activities restricted. Sports tournaments, outdoor ASAs cancelled.

Doors and windows closed, air purifiers running on high setting.

301+

High Level of Pollution

Activities for Primary and Secondary Students restricted to indoors. Students with respiratory problems excused from indoor activities. High impact activities restricted. Sports tournaments, outdoor ASAs, Beijing day trips cancelled

Doors and windows closed, air purifiers running on high setting, twice daily checked by Facilities team.

ACTIVITIES DURING INDOOR BREAKS AND LUNCHTIMES

 As much as possible we want children to remain motivated and enthused whilst indoors and with our new facilities we are able to provide more options for the children during indoor breaks and lunchtimes.

Soft Play Room – Foundation stage and Primary have access to our soft play room. A safe indoor play room in our Primary wing where our youngest students can wiggle, play, and climb indoors.

Gym, MPR & Sports Dome – During indoor play time the dome, gym and the Multi-Purpose Room are made available to the students under supervision to socialize & play.

Libraries – We have three libraries separated by age groupsPupils are able to sit with friends and look through all the wonderful books we have in the newly separated libraries on three floors in our main building. These are separated in age appropriate groups and include comfortable chairs, desks and shared computers.

Use of DVDs during indoor breaks in Primary

As much as possible we aim to limit the use of DVDs during indoor break times and we would much rather some “down time”, especially when they have been involved in active learning during lesson time. Therefore educational DVDs such as Blue Planet, Walking with Dinosaurs, Blue Peter, Newsround, etc., will be used on a restricted basis with the children. DVDs will always be chosen so they are relevant to the specific age range.

Next Review date: July 2017

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