Both parents and the school know the air quality in Hanoi is deteriorating and quite naturally, some parents have contacted us about it. We care very much about the health of all members of our community and so, since last year, we have been working with suppliers to find a solution to improve air quality in school. Unfortunately, the school buildings were not originally designed for a whole school air filtration system to be effective. As a result, we have adopted a phased approach to the installation of air purifying units for teaching spaces and communal areas. This year, the school has now signed a contract with a supplier who also supplies units and air control systems for UNIS and BISHN to provide stand-alone air purifiers to classrooms and libraries. They will also install fixed-location air monitoring stations in appropriate locations on school buildings to ensure readings are consistent and calibrated. We are currently awaiting the delivery of all units, and we have to accept that it will take a little time for the providers to import and install them in school. That said, we are assured that air purifiers will be installed in EY classrooms in late October and in Primary and Secondary classrooms in December. All air purifiers will be connected to, and supervised by, a central control system. Our plan is that next year we will install bigger air purifiers for the larger communal areas, such as the sport halls and dining rooms, but will be seeking to bring this project forward, if at all possible.
We can all do something about this important environmental issue. I feel now is a good time to be approaching the serious idea of car-sharing. It would be excellent to see a reduction in the use of cars outside the school, as parents and their drivers offer lifts to students of a similar age travelling to and from similar locations. We will be writing to parents about your engagement and involvement in implementing this in due course.