Guidelines and Response Plan in the Event of Poor Air Quality Conditions – Summer 2023
We will be monitoring the AQI (air quality index) throughout the summer. Our health team will have identified campers and staff who are more at risk (asthmatics and others with pulmonary or cardiac conditions or have other risk factors).
- When the AQI is greater than 100, we will maximize use of our indoor and air-conditioned space, but generally run our program. The health center will be aware of “at risk” campers and staff.
- When the AQI is greater than 150, we will maximize use of our indoor space and limit outdoor strenuous activity in consultation with our medical staff. “At risk” campers and staff will be monitored more closely.
- When the AQI is greater than 200, we will stop outdoor strenuous activities and modify our program to keep campers and staff indoors utilizing our air-conditioned spaces around camp to the fullest. “At risk campers and staff”, as advised by our medical staff, will sleep-in air-conditioned spaces.
- For asthmatics who utilize inhaled corticosteroid medications during times of illness, after discussion with the child’s parents and the home physician, one might consider adding these medications when the air quality is poor.
- The use of N95 or K95 grade masks may be considered when air conditions are poor, particularly for those individuals who are at higher risk.