1. Purchase the flags
2. Educate the school and the community
Learn about the Air Quality Index colors and read through the Coordinator's Handbook (PDF, 14 pp., 1.5MB) and the Fact Sheet (PDF, 1 p., 172K). Use the sample parent letter (PDF, 1 p., 15K) and sample press release (DOCX, 1 p., 32K) to tell people about the program. Check out the educational materials on this website. If you wish, put up the School Flag poster (PDF, 1 p., 2.5MB) in your classrooms or hallways to show everyone what the colors mean.
3. Fly the day's flag
Sign up for a daily email about the air quality forecast or you can download the School Flag Program widget to your school's homepage. The email and the widget tell you which flag to fly each day.
4. Take actions when the air quality is unhealthy
See what actions to take (PDF, 2 pp., 272KB) for each color, while still keeping students active.
Please complete this online registration form when you adopt a flag program. EPA will add your school to the online list of participating schools and will send you an official participation certificate for display.