BC schools choose creative ways to introduce Air Quality Flags

By on Nov 27, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Weather is always a topical subject. If you’re trying to have a conversation with someone you don’t know well, talk about weather and you’ll always get a response. But what about air? Air doesn’t carry the same relevance as weather. Not many people think about or discuss what kind of “air day” it is next to the water cooler at work or at school, unless there is something significant happening such as a forest fire. We generally can’t see it, and we can’t touch it, which makes it easier to forget about, most of the time. Yet air quality affects all of us. And there’s no time like the present to start talking about it. Children are considered to be a sensitive group when it comes to air pollution. They’re growing, playing outdoors, and they’re taking bigger and deeper breaths compared to adults. We’re excited to be working with principals, teachers, and parents from schools across the province to introduce the Air Quality Flag Program to students and raise awareness about the connection between air and health. Each school has chosen to share the Air Quality Flags in slightly different ways:  some schools have “green teams,” who are leading the program, while others have teachers linking it to lessons on weather and air. One principal I spoke with wanted her leadership students to teach the school community about air quality. These phone calls taught me that no two schools are alike when it comes to learning something new. There are many creative educators in BC. You may hear from me, Glynn Brothen, soon. I completely understand if you get my name confused; it’s not very common. However, I will be delivering a message as common as the weather. It’s that air pollution can affect your health and that the Air Quality Flags can help you stay aware of what kind of “air day” it is. If you have questions for me please feel free to email me: Or if you would like to chat about how your school can join this program, give me a call: 1-250-372-5900. Talk soon, Glynn...

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It’s time to participate!

By on Oct 31, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Why should your school participate in the air quality flag program? Because it’s easy to do, completely free and good for students and their families. It takes only minutes a day to check the webpage created for your school. Your school and  students will learn kind of ‘air day’ it is, pick a corresponding coloured flag and fly it for everyone to see, either in the school or online. The freebies are plenty — air quality flags to fly at your school, a page just for your school on and online resources, curriculum, support and encouragement. Participation means you and your school are part of a province-wide program helping students and their families know more about air quality and health. Teachers – if you are looking for a science, environment or a health planning unit, this program offers many ways to introduce the subject of air quality and its impacts on health and the environment. Check out our Air Quality Health Index Learning Stations – a curriculum based program for Grades 5 and 6. Students – would you like to take on a leadership project for your school? Share information on this program with your parent or teacher. Parents – if your child has asthma or any another respiratory condition, this program will help you help them know how to be more active in managing their symptoms. Now is the time to get involved.  There are a limited number of BC schools that can participate this year.  Sign up here. Want to know more about the program? Check out Have a question? Send it our way – We look forward to hearing from you,...

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Welcome to!

By on Oct 3, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Hello! Welcome to the launch of a brand new website dedicated to the Air Quality Flag Program for Schools. This website and air quality flags are designed to help you and your school community stay aware of the air you’re breathing. Given that we breathe roughly 10,000 liters of air per day, it’s something we should all think about. I will admit that prior to learning more about air quality, I never paid much thought to it, but I’ve realized that taking a minute or two out of my day to check the air quality is a small price to pay to find out what kind of air I’m breathing. Since this program is the first of its kind in Canada, I’m eager to take part in its launch. My role is to keep you informed about how the Air Quality Flags can help you stay aware of the air and remain active outdoors. If you’re a student, school staff member, parent, or a concerned citizen; I encourage you to observe and share what you discover as this project progresses. If our program goals  are met within the pilot test frame, there will be a potential opportunity to expand further into Canada. In order to stay in touch, this blog will be my tool to communicate and update you on the project. I’ll be in frequent contact with the participating schools, and making occasional trips. Please feel free to contact me at any time to hear more about the program, sign up, tell me about your experience, or to share your thoughts on the Air Quality Flags. Your story may end up on this blog! I encourage you to take the time to explore what this site has to offer, and if you think it could benefit your school – sign up! Enjoy,   Glynn...

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