Utah Asthma Program
Utah Asthma Program

Recess Guidance Tips for Parents

As a parent or gaurdian of a child in elementary school, you may be wondering what you can do to help protect your child during poor air quality days. Below are four tips for you to take in order to preparefor the winter months and poor air quality in Utah.


1. Learn More about the Utah Recess Guidanceplayground

Become an expert on the Utah Recess Guidance recommendations and what they mean for your child.

Check out these Frequently Asked Questions for more details, and contact the Utah Asthma Program with any questions.


2. Talk to Your Child's Doctor

Talk with your doctor and determine if your child is "sensitive" to poor air quality. Sensitive children may include the following:

  • significant or poorly controlled asthma
  • cystic fibrosis
  • chronic lung disease
  • congenital heart disease
  • compromised immune systems
  • other respiratory problems

If your child has asthma, make sure to have your child's doctor fill out and sign the Asthma School Form and have it on file at your child's school. This form includes an asthma action plan and the medication authorization and self-administration form, in accordance with Utah Code 53A-11-602. Learn more here.


3. Talk to Your Child's School

If your child is "sensitive" to poor air quality, contact your child's school secretary or nurse and let them know. Alerting the school of your child's sensitivity will help them prepare to better protect your child during poor air quality days.


4. Be Aware of Current Air Quality Levels

There are a number of ways to monitor the current air quality levels in your area:

  1. Bookmark and check frequently the current and forecasted air quality levels for your county at air.utah.gov.
  2. You can also check current conditions at health.utah.gov/utahair, as well as find information about health effects, air quality trends, sources of air pollution, and ways to reduce exposure.
  3. Call in for air quality forecasts from DEQ:
    1. Phone forecasts for all counties 801-536-0072 or toll-free 1-800-228-5434
  4. Sign up for email alerts for air quality levels from DEQ: https://air.utah.gov/forecast.php#ctct-inline-form
  5. Download the free UtahAir app and check air quality levels from the convenience of your phone or tablet device.