M'KIS Response to "The Haze"
The air quality in Malaysia is described in terms of Air Pollutant Index (API). The API system employed in Malaysia closely follows the Pollutant Standard Index (PSI) developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA). During “Haze” conditions, we monitor the Air Pollutant Index at least twice a day and update our daily regimen, as required, based on the monitoring process.
The Air Pollutant Index scale and terms used in describing the air quality levels are as follows:
API Scale Air Quality
- 0-50 Good
- 51-100 Moderate
- 101-200 Unhealthy
- 201-300 Very Unhealthy
- 301 and above Hazardous
Based on the API, a Haze Contingency Plan is in place at M’KIS, such plan to govern student activity, for that particular day, based on the demonstrated API.
API 101-200 – Limited Activity Day – Yellow Flag
- Limitations are placed on the vigorous exertion expected of children.
- A yellow flag is placed at the entrance of the school.
API 201-300 – No Activity Day – Red Flag
- Students are not engaged in outdoor activities.
- A red flag is placed at the entrance of the school to designate a No Activity Day.
Unless and until the Malaysian Ministry of Education or other relevant Ministry determines otherwise, it is anticipated that the school will not close as a result of API readings. Since school will remain open (unless of course there is a mandated closure
by the Malaysian Ministry of Education or other relevant Ministry), parents must make their own determination as to the safety of the environment for their children.
Our intent is to monitor and act accordingly so as to create a balance between health/safety and the delivery of the ongoing academic program of the school. Please note that such monitoring may lead to a decision to change the designation of the day
(Limited Activity; No Activity) as atmospheric conditions evolve.