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The Brant County Health Unit and the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit issued special air quality statements yesterday afternoon.  Today, we continue to experience poor air quality, with moderate to high-risk Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) values and this is expected to continue into Friday, June 9th in our district.

When local AQHI values exceed 7 (considered “high-risk”):

Higher-risk populations (children) are advised to reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities.
All others not in a high-risk population should consider reducing or rescheduling outdoor activities if they experience coughing or throat irritation.

As a result, we are cancelling strenuous outdoor activities, including outdoor athletic events scheduled for Friday, June 9th. 

The Try High Games being held at St. John’s College on Friday, June 9th will continue indoors.

While outdoor recesses may continue, students are encouraged to avoid strenuous activity and schools will make every attempt to accommodate those who wish to stay inside or are experiencing symptoms such as coughing or throat irritation. 

Field trips may continue, but attempts to reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities should occur.

  We will continue to monitor the situation closely and should any additional steps need to be taken on the advice of Environment Canada and/or Public Health, we will provide additional information to schools and families.