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					              Urban Physical Education
                Leadership Summit
                     July 11-13, 2001

Spare the Air Days- What to do?
                Heather Deckard
                 Physical Education, BS
       Physical Education-Teacher Education, MS
             Guinness World Record Holder
     Hiram Johnson HS Physical Education Teacher
     Physical Education Resource Specialist, SCUSD
Articulation Physical Education Committee Chair, SCUSD
  North Central District Representative for CAHPERD
                        Air Quality Index
       Health Categories                                           Ozone

300      Very Unhealthy         •Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as
            201-300             asthma should avoid all outdoor exertion

                                •Everyone else should limit outdoor exertion


200         Unhealthy           •Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease, such as
             151-200            asthma should avoid prolonged outdoor exertion

                                •Everyone else, especially children, should limit prolonged outdoor exertion.


150   Unhealthy for Sensitive   •Active children, adults and people with respiratory disease should limit
             Groups             prolonged outdoor exertion
             101-150

100         Moderate            •Unusually sensitive people should consider limiting prolonged outdoor
             51-100             exertion


50            Good              •None
              0-50
            Recommendations for Schools and
             Others on Poor Air Quality Days
                                                       101 to 150                                          201 to 300
                  0 to 50           51 to 100                                     151 to 200
Activity                                            UNHEALTHY FOR                                            VERY
                   GOOD            MODERATE                                       UNHELATHY
                                                   SENSITIVE GROUPS                                        UNHEALTHY

                                                                            Any child who complains
                                                    Make indoor space       of difficulty breathing, or   Restrict outdoor
 Recess             No                  No         available for children   who has asthma or other       activities to light
(15 min.)       Restrictions        Restrictions   with asthma or other       respiratory problems,         to moderate
                                                   respiratory problems       should be allowed to            exercise.
                                                                                   play indoors.

                                                                            Any child who complains
                                                                                                          Restrict outdoor
 Physical                                           Make indoor space       of difficulty breathing, or
                                                                                                          activities to light
Education           No                  No         available for children   who has asthma or other
                                                                                                            to moderate
                Restrictions        Restrictions   with asthma or other       respiratory problems,
  (1 hr)                                                                                                   exercise not to
                                                   respiratory problems.      should be allowed to
                                                                                                          exceed one hour.
                                                                                   play indoors.



www.sparetheair.com (air quality Index)
         Recommendations for Schools and
          Others on Poor Air Quality Days
                                                    101 to 150                                    201 to 300
                0 to 50       51 to 100                                       151 to 200
Activity                                         UNHEALTHY FOR                                     VERY
                 GOOD         MODERATE                                        UNHELATHY
                                                SENSITIVE GROUPS                                 UNHEALTHY
                                              Individuals with asthma or
                              Exceptionally        other respiratory/
                                sensitive        cardiovascular illness        Consideration
Scheduled                                                                                        Event should be
                   No          individuals        should be medically       should be given to
 Sporting                                                                                        rescheduled or
               Restrictions    should limit    managing their condition.      rescheduling or
  Events                                                                                            relocated.
                                 intense       Increase rest periods and     relocating event.
                                activities.      substitutions to lower
                                                    breathing rates.
  Athletic         No         Exceptionally   Individuals with asthma or      Activities over      Sustained
  Practice     Restrictions     sensitive      other respiratory/ cardio      2 hours should        rigorous
    and                        individuals     vascular illness should be   decrease intensity    exercise for
  Training                     should limit    medically managing their     and duration. Add    more than one
(2 to 4 hrs)                     intense        condition. Increase rest      rest breaks or     hour must be
                                activities.    periods and substitutions     substitutions to     rescheduled
                                               to lower breathing rates.     lower breathing     moved indoors
                                                                                  rates.               or
                                                                                                 discontinued.
            How to Use This Chart
• Example for a Friday Physical Education class:

   – Step 1: Thursday afternoon, Check the forecast for Friday on your
     Air Quality website.

   – Step 2: If forecast for Friday is Orange make arrangements to have
     class indoor for children with asthma or other respiratory or
     cardiovascular problems

   – Step 3: Friday prior to class, check Air Quality Index (AQI). Ozone
     areas vary from one area to another. If your area has moved to
     moderate, no action needed. If still orange move inside.
             Things to know!
• Chart reflects only Ground-level Ozone
  Pollution
• Other air pollution episodes such as wildfire
  smoke increase respiratory health risks.
• Contact local Air Quality Management District
• Daily forecasts updated by noon and Ozone
  Maps are updated hourly.
• Mornings - decrease risk of exposure to higher
  levels of ozone.
     Communication is essential
• Sign-up for Air-alerts
  – Check your computer when you come in from
    class.
• Connect your smart phone to your email to
  receive real time alerts
• Make “NICE” with your Office Manager
  – Contact you and your site staff if air quality rises
    to orange or above

				
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