03 Feb 2020
Many families are concerned about the poor air quality we have been, and continue to, experience in the ACT due to bushfire smoke.
We have worked with experts, including from ACT Health and the Worksafe Commissioner, and in consultation with a range of stakeholders including unions and the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens Association, to prepare clear advice for schools on how to manage air quality issues.
ACT Public Schools will be supported to make decisions that are right for their staff and students, based on prevailing weather conditions and level of relative vulnerabilities of individual staff and students, depending on their susceptibility to smoke related illness.
In mild conditions, schools may use mitigation strategies for sensitive groups, such as younger children remaining indoors and limiting physical activity as much as possible.
In poorer conditions, schools may implement measures for the general population, such as the cancellation of outdoor activities and excursions.
School closures are not anticipated.
Based on advice from the Chief Health Officer, air quality monitoring will be undertaken through direct observations in each school..
Health information and advice is also available on the ACT Health website that is updated as the situation evolves. I encourage you all to take a few moments to review this information.
Information for parents and carers
Asthma Australia has some great resources on their website that will help you prepare your child for going back to school during the current bushfire crisis and as we continue to experience poor air quality from bushfire smoke.
For parents that have children with asthma, check out the Asthma Australia back to school checklist, which outlines a step by step guide on things to consider to best manage going back to school.
General Health information and advice is also available on the ACT Health website that is updated as the situation evolves. People are encouraged to take a few moments to review this information.
You can find our air quality guidelines below: