Schools are facing more days with unhealthy air quality than ever before, negatively impacting academic performance and increasing absences.
Three in five US children are worried about the impact of air pollution on their health — does your district have a plan for protecting student health?
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LAUSD’s Know Your Air Network, in partnership with Clarity and the Coalition for Clean Air, is a first-of-its-kind ambient air monitoring network that provides real-time monitoring across more than 200 school campuses, providing reliable, local air quality data for students, educators and parents. Learn more >>
Node-S devices deployed
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"People want to know what’s really happening with their local air quality. The ability to have an answer back to students, parents, and teachers within seconds is invaluable."
We work mainly with the local authorities for deploying the Node-S devices — with the local council. The community has been really helpful and has made a big difference. The majority of the Nodes are up on street lamps around the town.
"Having real-time, very hyper-local data about the air quality where you are spending your time has great potential to impact people, in terms of the decisions they make, but also in terms of making that connection between the environment and health."
“The Know Your Air Network provides us with vital air quality information that can be used to inform real-time decisions to protect the health and well-being of our school communities. This air quality sensor network is unparalleled in its size and scope, demonstrating Los Angeles Unified’s commitment to providing the safest learning environment for our students.”
"Having the sensor on site is great for our school and a nice service to offer our surrounding community. Our device went in about 3 years ago and is working great! It is so important for us to know our air quality. Whenever it hits unhealthy levels, we keep our students inside. The data is available right on my phone, so I can check it ahead of recess and make a real-time decision on whether to send students outside or keep them on an indoor activity schedule when air quality is over the threshold. "
“We chose Clarity because they provided up-to-date, local, scientifically-backed, and relevant data to make decisions about whether to keep students inside. Because of the geography and demographics in our county, the official air monitoring stations are about an hour away with hills in between, providing irrelevant data. We would have poor air quality and the official stations would be cleared; or the official stations would show heavy particulate levels and we would have clean air."
On days when air quality is very poor, schools are recommended to enforce indoor activity schedules. Monitoring AQI levels at your school and following outdoor physical activity guidelines is one of the most effective ways to protect students.
1. Recommendations provided by CAPCOA's Air Quality Guidance Template for Schools and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and Centers for Disease Control’s Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools and Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials.
Studies have found that a single day of unhealthy air quality can more than double absences. Absences come at a cost to both schools, and students' families.
Exposure to outdoor air pollution can inhibit cognitive development and negatively impact academic achievement. Studies have found air pollution levels to be a statistically significant predictors of student performance.
Air quality can change rapidly, making it important to have access to real-time air quality data when making operational decisions. Monitoring air quality ensures you make the right decisions for student health.
You can have a broad positive impact on your community by providing real-time air quality data and educate students and parents on how to minimize their exposure.
Air quality monitoring makes it possible to measure air pollution in real time. That way, schools and campuses can make better decisions — knowing when to switch to indoor activities, protecting their students and staff, reducing absences due to air pollution related health issues, improving academic performance, and driving a positive impact on the community.
In the case study of LAUSD, the highly calibrated sensors placed at 200 schools update air quality measurements every six minutes and are posted online on the district's Know Your Air Website, also available to the general public.
By using low-cost air quality sensors (LCS), it is possible to track ambient air quality data in smaller educational institutions, larger university campuses, and even whole school districts.