In June 2016, 53 participants representing 27 organizations voted to update the Utah Recess Guidance. The Utah Recess Guidance is a set of recommendations for when elementary school students should stay indoors for recess based on current air quality.
The Guidance aligns with the EPA AQI Recommendations and links indoor recess recommendations to PM2.5 levels, which is the air pollutant of main concern during winter months. The Guidance also takes into account students with respiratory symptoms or pre-existing respiratory conditions who may be more sensitive to poor air quality than their peers.
The Air Quality Flag Program is designed to increase awareness of air quality among students and the community.
This program also helps involve students in checking air quality and learning more about how air quality affects their health.
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