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Air Quality Statement


This week’s sudden influx of wildfire smoke is a reminder that everyone needs to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions.

As with other extreme weather events, the Red Deer Public uses information from the government and works with local partners such as Alberta Health Services to monitor conditions and recommend precautions and actions.

As smoky conditions continue, decisions will be made based on local conditions in the school community. Poor air quality may mean the postponement or cancellation of activities during lunch and recess, as well as learning, extra-curricular activities and field trips.

The following measures are currently in place to support the health and safety of students and staff:

  • All heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that are centrally automated have been adjusted to minimize fresh air exchange until the air quality advisory is lifted.
  • We are closely monitoring provincial authorities for any direction and guidance on the air quality situation and will notify schools if the situation requires additional measures.

We know these conditions impact every family differently. If you make the decision that your child will not be attending classes, please ensure you contact your school's attendance line to report the absence.

This page will be updated as the situation evolves.

Air Quality Guidelines for Outdoor Activities

The provincial government uses the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) to share the air quality with Albertans in each community. Alberta Health Services recommends reducing the levels of outdoor physical activity to decrease the inhalation of airborne pollutants as individuals may experience temporary irritation of eyes and throat and possibly shortness of breath.

Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is defined and measured by Environment Canada. Below are the recommended restrictions for outdoor activities related to air quality:


Red Deer Public Response
1-3Low health riskContinue as normal
4-6Moderate health riskConsider restricting levels of activities. Reduce the intensity and duration of any strenuous activities. Provide resting periods. Consider indoor recess for students with health issues that maybe impacted by air quality.
7-10High health riskReduce or reschedule strenuous activities outdoors. Consider indoor recess and lunch supervision for all students.
Above 10Very high health riskAvoid strenuous activities outdoors. Consider indoor recess and lunch supervision for all students.
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