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Air Quality Health Index

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

At our school we follow closely the latest recommendations provided by the Government’s Education Bureau. In particular, these relate to outdoor activities on poor air quality days.

We follow the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) which has censors across Hong Kong measuring air quality on an hourly basis. Our closest sensors are in Kwun Tong and Eastern. You can check this website at www.aqhi.gov.hk or download the app to your phone.

The AQHI rates air quality from 1 to 10+ (low to serious) and these numbers are updated hourly. We have taken the recommendations from the Education as a benchmark for our policy on outdoor play time and PE lessons. However, for children that have a respiratory illness our policy is more stringent. 

Levels are monitored by our Receptionist at 8am, 12.00pm and 3.00pm and the Senior Leadership Team is informed so that we can act accordingly.

Currently we take the following actions:

AQHI rating Health Risk Guidelines for PE activities and Outdoor Play and Activities
1 – 4 Low to Moderate No restriction on student activities.
6 - 7 High Students with asthma and other respiratory or cardiac conditions will be advised to limit their outdoor physical activities. Outdoor PE lessons will be modified for students with respiratory or cardiac conditions.
8-10+  Very High to Serious All outside activities are cancelled. Indoor PE activities will be modified for all students. All outside after school activities will be cancelled.

 

We are constantly looking at ways to gain a more accurate assessment of air quality. In our schools in China, we have been working with the Air Quality Index, an organisation that works with Chambers and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In Lam Tin, we have been advised that our most comparable AQI location is between Eastern and Kwun Tong. Please click on: http://aqicn.org/city/hongkong

Based on this AQI, our school activities would adapt as follows:

AQI rating

Guidelines for PE activities and Outdoor Play and Activities

0-150 Normal activities
150-200 

Students with asthma and other respiratory or cardiac conditions will be advised to limit their outdoor physical activities. Outdoor PE lessons will be modified for students with respiratory or cardiac conditions.

200-220 Outdoor play and PE lessons take place but with reduced physical activity.
220+ Indoor play and activities. All outdoor PE lessons cancelled.

 

OTHER MEASURES

Our school has reverse cycle air conditioners throughout with particle filters. These filters are cleaned on a rolling basis by our Facilities Management Team. Our Premises Manager has also developed a “greening” plan for the school to bring more plants which will help to reduce C02 levels and oxygenate our common areas. 

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