Air Quality Policy

Our school does whatever it can to provide a safe and secure environment for our community. Part of this environment is the quality of the air that we breathe. Obviously, there is a limit to what WISS can do for general air quality in Shanghai, which is not very good compared to many cities around the world. This is one of the things we accept when we come to work and live here. However, we can shape our daily routines to try and minimize the potential for hazardous effects caused by pollution. 

In consultation with other schools in Shanghai, WISS follows the Air Quality Index (AQI) standards laid out by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) These standards are held in high regard around the world. Of course, when interpreting the results, we do have to accept higher pollution readings as a way of life in Shanghai. 

Below is a chart laying out the AQI scale from 0 to 500:

AQI Table updated Apr 2021

 Offices are to monitor the AQI using the monitoring station located at WISS (use QR code to see latest reading). Offices are to email all relevant staff before 8:00am, 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm. If pollution indicators rise to certain levels, the school will take action.

AQI QR Code