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Access to the outdoors and the opportunity for movement and physical activity are an essential part of any day and important in the holistic development of a healthy child, at every step of their development. It is therefore important that all students at DSB International School have access to outdoor facilities, however limited, whenever appropriate.

DSB recognizes the necessity and value of physical activity and understands that inactivity can have potentially negative health-related consequences. As a result, the risks of exercise on days with high pollution need to be balanced with the risks of physical inactivity. Parents have the right to request that their child/children do not participate in aerobic activities or go outside.

At our Garden Campus, the outdoor air quality is monitored 4 times a day: at 8am, when students arrive; at 10am, after the sun has risen enough to warm the air and affect air quality; at 12:15pm, before students go out for lunch; and at 1pm, before afternoon activities. The indoor air quality is monitored twice a day, at 8am and 1pm. Garden Campus has been equipped with an air purifying system of air filters provided by Breathe Easy. These air filters run continuously in all rooms and are monitored by Breathe Easy.

At our Aurum House campus, the air quality on the roof is monitored twice a day: at 8am, at start of the school day; and at 2:30pm, at the start of enrichment and extracurricular activities. The indoor air quality is monitored twice a day, at 8am and 2:30pm. Aurum House has a closed HVAC system with little inflow of air from outside. This HVAC system includes a degree of air filtering. Plans for our new campus (EuroCampus) include a full partnership with Breathe Easy for air quality control.

Air quality readings at both Aurum House and Garden Campus are recorded by security personnel at each campus and entered into a ledger that is stored at the security desks.

Outdoor activities will be limited based on the decision matrix below. This matrix is in line with national regulations for PM2.5, which are considered to be of serious concern.

Outdoor Activity Guide Decision Matrix

PM 2.5 LevelsSchool ProgrammeExcursionsSchool OperationsCommunications
0-60
Green
Good
Regular school programmeExcursions permittedNormal operationsInternal only
61-90
Yellow
Unhealthy
for sensitive
groups
Regular school programme Students with respiratory conditions (asthma, allergies, shortness of breath, throat irritation, etc) will reduce physical activity or go indoors to an approved location. Outdoor break times as normalExcursions permittedNormal operationsInternal only
91-120
Orange
Unhealthy
Regular school programme All outdoor physical activities will be modified so that there is no prolonged physical exertion. Outdoor break times as normalExcursions permitted pending review of trip details. Activities and itineraries may be modified.Normal operationsInternal only
121-250
Red
Unhealthy
Regular school programme All Primary outdoor activities will be moved indoors or cancelled if necessary Secondary physical activities will be modified so there is no longer any prolonged physical exertion.Excursions permitted pending review of trip details. Activities and itineraries may be modified.Normal operationsInternal only
250-500
Purple
Very
unhealthy
Regular school programme All outdoor physical activities will be moved to suitable indoor locations or cancelled if necessary.Excursions permitted pending review of trip details. Activities and itineraries may be modified.All outdoor meals and breaks are relocated indoors.
Reduced outdoor workload for staff.
School community will be notified via the school WhatsApp groups and the Engage portal.