Schools in the Flag Program raise a brightly colored flag each day that corresponds to the air quality forecast. Based on the color of the flag, teachers and coaches can modify outdoor activities when the air quality is unhealthy.
You can find more information about the program at www.airnow.gov/schoolflag. Four easy steps (explained in the Coordinator’s Handbook) will get your flag program started:
1. Purchase set of flags (cost is generally less than $100).
2. Educate and inform the school and community at the start of the program (sample article included).
3. Subscribe to a free email service (www.enviroflash.info) to obtain the daily air quality forecast and fly the corresponding flag.
4. Know what actions to take when the air quality is unhealthy (recommendations/actions chart included).EPA highlights participating schools on the School Flag Program website and recognizes them with an official membership certificate.
For more information or help getting the program started at your school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If your school already has a school flag program, register at http://www.airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.schoolflagprogram and they will highlight your school on the EPA website and send you a membership certificate.