Air Quality Index ( AQI )
AES is leading the way in indoor air quality improvement for students, faculty, and the community.
AES has about 50 multi-layer filtration systems and more than 100 air quality monitors which record air quality and alert the facilities management team when air quality declines. AES started installing fresh air purification systems in August 2015. These multi-layer filtration systems improve air quality by 70% over outside particulate matter (pm2.5), and sometimes readings show even more dramatic improvements.
Our air handling systems provide excellent indoor air quality and help with maintaining a healthy environment. We have sought additional methods to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including in our isolation room where the air systems are independent of the full system.
We have four outdoor air purification units—known as auferos—that are installed in the high school building. They works on the ionization method. We have seen remarkable results.
AES has a policy that is pro-activity, and we review air quality data in a conservative manner. We will allow outside activity on a regular basis up to an AQI rating of 300 for middle and high school students and 200 for elementary school students.
We believe that:
- Activity is necessary for us all—children, young adults, and adults—and inactivity leads to potential behavioral and health-related problems.
- The majority of individuals and families expect that the School will deliver a high-quality physical education and athletics program to its students.
- Since teachers, advisers, and coaches know their students well, they will make decisions regarding the general level of activity for their classes and regarding the particular level of participation for individual students based on their medical histories.
- Families have the right to request that their students not participate in aerobic activities or go outside for recess or classes.