Asthma and Air Quality

  • Asthma Basics

    What is Asthma?

    Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs.  People with asthma have airways that are hypersensitive, meaning that the airways react to asthma triggers such as colds, cigarette smoke and exercise faster and more intensely than people with normal airways.

    A common trigger for asthma is poor air quality.  In recent years we have seen inversions, fires and other factors affect our outdoor air quality.  There is a concern about the effects of poor air quality on children's health and their ability to breathe easily.  Because of this Cache County School District has adopted the following guidelines:

    • We will check the Particulate Matter (PM2.5) levels.  This information will guide outdoor activities.
    • When the PM2.5 level fall between 35.5 and 55.4, we will let "sensitive" student stay indoors.
    • When the PM2.5 level falls between 55.5 and 90, we will "sensitive" students and students experiencing respiratory symptoms, such as with cold or allergies, stay indoors.
    • When the PM2.5 level rises above 90, outdoor recess will be cancelled for all children and alternative indoor play/exercise opportunities will be offered.

    Parents, under the advice of your care provider, need to contact the school secretary or nurse if their student is "sensitive" to poor air.

    • Sensitive students may include those with significant or poorly controlled asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease, congenital heart disease, compromised immune systems, or other respiratory problems.

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