How much pollution is in the air today? We will soon be able to find out by looking at our flag pole at each of the Azle elementary school campuses. Starting Monday September 26 2011, look for a colored flag alongside our American and Texas flags:
· Green - good air quality
· Yellow - moderate air quality
·Orange - unhealthy for some people, including children and those with asthma.
· Red - unhealthy for everyone
Our new flag program will help us continue to promote exercise while protecting health. On green and yellow days, teachers will encourage students to get outside and get moving.
When air quality is orange it is still o.k. to play outside, but we will encourage kids to reduce activities that involve lots of running.
On red days, we will have indoor recess as the air quality is not healthy for outdoor activities.
The flags will help teach those students with asthma to become aware of when to limit their outdoor activity. This program will also guide school staff to modify outdoor activity for those students whose health is affected by air quality.
The Asthma Flag Program is used in many U.S cities and we're proud to be one of the many districts in the DFW metroplex to adopt it. We hope by participating in this program to raise awareness on our campuses and in our community about the relationship between air quality and the impact on our student's daily health.
Below is a video that is being presented to the North Texas Asthma Consortium, by Skip McCambridge and Kelly Whitehead. In the video, some of our Azle ISD students are giving their take on the Air Quality Flag Program. ENJOY!