We have an air quality policy which has served us well up to this point but the smog that we are currently seeing across the city is hazardous, and in addition to confining students to the building we will also be imposing a ban on indoor physical exertion until the air quality returns to safer levels.
We have not so far, in keeping with the Shanghai Education Commission, decided to shut the school as we feel that the conditions in the classroom are as good as they would be at home.
The wellbeing of children and adults at school is a priority and therefore over recent months we have been undertaking research into what will be the most effective approach to reducing the impact of the pollution here at school. This has involved the monitoring of pollutants with localized monitoring equipment to provide us with a much more accurate picture of the air quality here at school rather than the generalised data currently available for this region of Shanghai. Using our own data we have been able to assess the performance of the air purifiers we already have in place in the Early Years Cubs’ as well as other measures that have been recommended to us, and we are now in a position to introduce more of these air filtering units and allied measures. Simply put, keeping doors and windows shut is not surprisingly the single most effective method of maintaining good air quality inside the building. The tested air filters also have a proven effect and these have therefore been ordered and will be delivered and installed across the campus in January 2014. We will also be reviewing our air quality policy and introducing guidelines that cover the sort of conditions that we are enduring at present.
The unfortunate consequences of these conditions is that all sporting events (indoor and outdoor) this weekend will be cancelled and our Winter Wonderland (Saturday 7 December) event will be postponed to January 2014 when we return to school for the New Year, we will let you know new dates shortly. Our Winter Concert will take place this evening.
I will be writing to update you all in the not too distant future.
Kevin Foyle, Principal