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Program alerts Chicago-area schools of air quality

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Chicago-area schools have a new tool to monitor air quality.

The Illinois Partners for Clean Air and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced the new Air Quality Flag Program on Tuesday.

Participating schools will use the color-coded flags to inform teachers, coaches and the community of each day's air quality.

Green and yellow flags mean air quality is good or moderate. An orange flag means children, older adults and people with respiratory diseases such as asthma should use caution. Red and purple flags indicate the air is unhealthy for everyone.

Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett says children are particularly susceptible to air pollution, which can trigger asthma attacks. She says the flags will help teachers and others know when to modify outdoor activities.

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