Russell Middle School Flies an Air Quality Flag to Protect Health

Air Quality Flag Program: Press Release


Russell Middle School Flies an Air Quality Flag to Protect Health





Kristina Perry

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

(606) 836-9679





[RUSSELL, KY]—Russell Middle School is raising a brightly colored flag to help their employees and members of the community be aware of daily air quality conditions. Russell Middle School has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Quality Flag Program to help protect people’s health.


"The flag program benefits everyone at our school. It tells what the air quality is each day. This lets everyone know when and when not to go outside." Meredith Bartram 


Each day, 8th graders in Mrs. McDavid’s Science Class will raise a flag based on the color of the Air Quality Index (AQI) to show how polluted the air is expected to be. By comparing the colored flags to the AQI, everyone who sees the flags will know what actions to take to protect their health. Green signals good air quality, yellow is moderate, orange means unhealthy for sensitive groups (like children and people with asthma), and red signals unhealthy air for everyone. A purple flag means the air quality is very unhealthy and sensitive groups should avoid all outdoor exertion while everyone else should limit outdoor exertion.


Our local air quality can affect our daily lives. And it can change from day to day, season to season, and can even vary depending on the time of day. The AQI provides information about the health effects of common air pollutants, and how to avoid those effects. The flags alert people to that particular day’s air quality, so they know when to modify their outdoor activities, like exercising for less time or moving exercise indoors when necessary.


Getting up-to-date air quality information is easy by subscribing at or downloading the AirNow app. You can get the daily air quality forecast sent to your email, cell phone or Twitter. This is especially helpful for those who are sensitive to the effects of air pollution, such as children, adults who are active outdoors, people with heart and lung disease, and older adults.


“This benefits the school by letting our students know what the air quality is outside. This goes great with all of our sporting events and while you are just enjoying your time outside." Alex Muncy


For more information on the Air Quality Flag Program visit EPA’s AirNow website at or the RMS webpage.  



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