Air Quality – Smoky Conditions

During times of wildfires, the District actively monitors the situation to ensure that our schools remain a safe environment for our students and staff.

Our response to wildfire smoke is aligned with the guidance from Environment Canada. We refer to the BC Air Quality Index (AQHI), which provides health-related information and recommendations based on the air quality level. This information is updated regularly throughout the day. Recognizing smoke conditions can change rapidly, Principals check the index when making decisions on whether students should go outside or not.

Consequently, when the index indicates the air quality is poor due to smoke, schools and other sites will practice the following strategies to limit the exposure to smoke:

  • Allow students and staff who are sensitive to the smoke to remain indoors during breaks/lunch;
  • Close all exterior doors and windows;
  • Postpone or minimize outdoor activities, as needed, particularly strenuous activities like Physical and Health Education;
  • Restrict outdoor activities, when the AQHI index is above 10.

Parents who have inquiries or concerns should contact their school.

For more information on current air quality, visit:

BC Air Quality Index

BC Air Quality Advisories