Located in the heart of Mumbai, India, the American School of Bombay is a coeducational, independent, IB day school from Pre-K to Grade 12.
ASB is committed to providing a safe environment for its students, and in Mumbai, India, this means monitoring the air quality both inside and outside the buildings regularly.
The majority of individuals and families expect the school delivers a high-quality physical education and athletics program to students.
The guidelines we use to determine if outdoor physical activity will be modified are as follows:
We use the air quality data sourced from the US Consulate and/or data from our handheld device to determine our outdoor activity. We are continually exploring how to best protect our students from the effects of poor air quality. This is an ongoing process utilizing knowledge and research from around the world.
We utilize the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the US Consulate, and Mumbai Pollution Authority tools to make informed decisions about air quality.
ASB purifies indoor air by three-stage HEPA filtration, monitoring indoor air quality with real-time sensors.
ASB also has more than 50,000 live indoor plants, including green walls, which contribute to the most optimal indoor air quality within the school campuses.
Our play areas and recreational spaces, including our swimming pools, have been enclosed and fitted with HEPA filtration.
We measure and monitor the AQI (Air Quality Index) using the published US Consulate AQI readings every hour when students are participating in school or other on-campus activities, or when they are involved in activities in the wider Mumbai area.
Elementary Campus AQI
These readings inform our decisions about when outdoor activities need to be modified or cancelled. On days when AQI readings exceed 200 for Elementary students, and 250 for all other students, there are no outdoor activities.
Secondary Campus AQI
If AQI levels are between 201 and 250, the ASB PE and/or Athletics Department on the Secondary Campus modifies outdoor activities in order to keep heart-rates and respiration-rates low, while still providing instruction and movement opportunities for our students.