QSI's Air Quality Policy


Providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students, staff, and families is a top priority for QSI International School of Chengdu. We take this issue very seriously. Our campus facilities are equipped with modern and reliable HEPA air-filtration systems from the United States. QSI Chengdu also has strict precautionary measures in place to safeguard our students from the dangers of engaging in physical activities outdoors on days when air quality is poor. These rules also apply to field trips.

Indoor Air Quality Protocols

QSI Chengdu has systems in place to provide high-quality filtered air in every classroom. Filtered air is constantly pumped into the building safely and quietly. New systems have been installed in our Middle and High School building, and the new elementary school under construction will have the same high-quality systems installed. When completed in August, 2017, those buildings will be filled with the same high-quality air with low PM2.5 levels.

QSI Chengdu regularly tests and reviews its air filtration systems to ensure the best possible air quality solutions. Our systems allow for safe physical activity indoors when outdoor air quality is unsafe.

Outdoor Air Quality Protocols

QSI Chengdu closely monitors outdoor air quality. Readings are updated every hour. Based on these measurements, QSI Chengdu takes action to protect students from the dangers of air pollution using the Air Quality Response Index Chart below. QSI Chengdu will use the air quality index that is reported by the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu.  At the time of the writing of this policy, it is the most accessible and reliable reading for air quality in Chengdu. Special attention will be given at 10 AM before recess, at 12 PM before lunch recess, and at 3 PM before school sports. 

AQI Policy updated and revised November 23, 2016


Step-by-Step: Making the Call

  1. School nurse & administrators (or event organizer) check air quality reading;
  2. Discussion takes place, as needed, regarding pollution levels, planned activities and venues, and potential consequences;
  3. School administrators (together with event organizers) confer if necessary;
  4. School administrators make decision based on health and safety of students;
  5. Decision is announced via school intercom system;
  6. School administrators (and/or event organizers) continue to monitor and reevaluate levels, if applicable.

Staff Training

QSI Chengdu provides regular information and training to faculty and staff on air pollution guidelines, procedures, equipment usage, and responses.