Flag Program

The Air Quality Flag Program helps children with asthma/chronic respiratory disease, their parents, and school personnel be prepared to take action when air pollution levels are high using color-coded flags. Every day, a flag is raised in front of participating schools that signals how healthy the air is that day. If your child/student has asthma, start the Flag Program at your school because air pollution can make asthma symptoms worse.

  • Green Flag: Good Air Quality - Clean air, have fun outside!
  • Yellow Flag: Moderate Air Quality - The air is okay, but not the best for everyone. If you need to, just play easy.
  • Orange Flag: Unhealthy Air Quality - Pollution levels may be unhealthy for sensitive groups, such as children with asthma.
  • Red Flag: Unhealthy Air Quality - Outdoor activity should be limited for all children and any children with lung diseases such as asthma should stay indoors.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Flags were provided to Pinal County by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) through an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grant.

Schools participating in the Flag Program will, after receiving the daily forecast, raise the colored flag that corresponds to the daily forecast so teachers, children, parents, and the community can easily know what the forecasted air quality conditions are for that day.

Email Air Quality to raise your flag today.