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Air Quality School Flag Program

The American Lung Association in Wisconsin has sets of colored flags, promotional materials, toolkits, and corresponding curriculum available for FREE for Wisconsin schools interested in participating in the school flag program.

Resources include School Flag Program coordinator handbook, sample letters to parents and neighbor businesses, template press releases, posters, fact sheets, classroom worksheets, K-8 air quality teacher's curriculum, lung health resources and more.

About the School Flag Program

The School Flag Program creates public awareness of outdoor air quality conditions. Participating schools raise a colored flag each day that corresponds with the local air quality forecast to notify teachers, coaches, students and the community about the daily air quality.

Children and teenagers breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults, and their lungs are still developing, which puts them at greater risk from air pollution. During periods of unhealthy air quality, children can continue to get plenty of physical activity by modifying activities or moving them inside.

Corresponding to the Air Quality Index, the School Flag Program uses five colored flags:

  • Green: Good air quality
  • Yellow: Moderate air quality
  • Orange: Unhealthy air quality for sensitive groups (including children)
  • Red: Unhealthy air quality
  • Purple: Air quality is very unhealthy

Get Involved

Sign your school up online to receive school flags and other materials to implement the School Flag Program, or contact the American Lung Association in Wisconsin for more information:

Katie Halverson
Manager, Tobacco Control & Lung Health
Katie.Halverson@Lung.org
262-703-4836

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