Responding to Air Quality Alerts

May. 30, 2019

Alberta Parks and Environment uses the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) to share the air quality with Albertans in each community. Alberta Health Services recommends reducing the levels of outdoor physical activity to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants as individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat and possibly shortness of breath. Please see the Alberta Health Services Advisory for Calgary.

Air quality may vary from community to community within Calgary. Principals will make decisions based on local conditions. Parents who are concerned about their child’s well-being when the air quality is poor should contact their school.

Air Quality Guidelines for Outdoor Activities

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is defined and measured by Environment Canada. Below are the recommended restrictions for outdoor activities related to air quality:

AQHI                                 

CBE Response

1-3

Low heath risk

Continue as normal

4-6

Moderate health risk

Consider restricting levels of activities. Reduce the intensity and duration of any strenuous activities. Provide resting periods. Consider indoor recess for students with health issues that maybe impacted by air quality.

7-10

High health risk

Reduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Consider indoor recess and lunch supervision for all students.

Above 10

Very high health risk

Avoid strenuous activities outdoors. Consider indoor recess and lunch supervision for all students.