As a result of the continuing poor air quality in the Kamloops region, SD73 has decided that elementary school students should stay indoors when the AQHI, as indicated by Environment Canada on its website, reaches 7 or higher.
The website can be found here: https://weather.gc.ca/airquality/pages/bcaq-007_e.html
website, Health Canada indicates those with health or breathing problems should
stay indoors when the AQHI reaches 7 or above. It also notes that “children
should take it easy.” Since we can’t guarantee that students will not
participate in strenuous activities during unstructured times such as recess
and lunch hours, it is in the best interest of students to keep them inside.
We all recognize that regular physical activity is
an important part of the day for students. However, the risks associated with
strenuous activity outdoors when the air quality is poor means we must act to
direction will not apply in the District’s secondary schools. Secondary school
principals, teachers and students will be advised to follow the Health Canada
guidelines, as specified on its website.
Lastly, we regognize that air quality is not measured in rural communities. Through the summer, air quality has proved to be much better in some rural communities than in Kamloops, which is situated in a low-elevation valley. Principals in schools outside Kamloops are asked to use their judgement and their senses to assess local air quality to the best of their ability. If in doubt, principals will also be asked to keep children indoors during unstructured play times.