Note to Parents/Carers/Staff Members of Bishop Stopford’s School – Possible Moderate pollution has been forecast for Wednesday 21 February.

This is an air quality alert provided by the Mayor of London. You are receiving it because the air pollution in London is forecast to go above “Low” on the Defra Daily Air Quality Index. Please see further information below.

This is the advice for a Moderate air pollution alert, based on Defra’s national Daily Air Quality Index.

Advice for the general population Advice for at risk individuals
Enjoy your usual outdoor activities. Adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, who experience symptoms, should consider reducing strenuous physical activity, particularly outdoors.

In addition to Defra’s advice above, the following are some practical ideas your school or educational institution may want to consider in partnership with parents and guardians:

  • If at all possible, advise parents not to drive their children to and from school (or students themselves not to drive), as this exacerbates pollution in the school vicinity. Note that pollution levels are often higher inside cars even when the windows are shut.
  • For those who continue to drive, ask parents/guardians/students not to idle their engines in the school vicinity.
  • For those walking and cycling, try to plan a route to and from school that sticks to side roads or goes through parks or other green areas.

Further information on air pollution in London and what the Mayor is doing to improve it is available here.

In the next few months additional guidance and helpful tools will be published by City Hall to help you identify further actions which you, with the support of your local borough, can take to tackle pollution in and around your school or educational institution.

If you have questions concerning this pollution alert please contact airqualitylondon@london.gov.uk