Sponsored by Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS Beijing) –YCIS Beijing is has a long history of academic achievement with five educational accreditations and a award from Cambridge International Examinations. YCIS Beijing is registered as a school for children of foreign nationals offering international education for students in kindergarten through to Year 13 and graduation to university. For more information, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of an intense period of renovation during the summer holidays, YCIS Beijing installed internal P.M 2.5 fresh-air systems throughout the entire campus to provide all students and staff with continuous fresh air. It is now possible for the wider community to access this information and see the live readings of air quality on campus. To find out more about what the school is doing to provide their students with safe, clean air, we spoke to YCIS Beijing General Manager Jing Yang.
How is the pollution problem in Beijing affecting international schools?
There’s no hiding the truth that it does play a large role in a school’s short and long term planning. Pollution is a concern for all people who reside in Beijing but arguably more so when it comes to families with young children. Therefore it is only right that schools should try to counteract this problem and several, including YCIS Beijing have done so successfully, albeit there is always room for further initiatives. The reality is that it is up to the schools to make sure measures are in place that make families feel comfortable and able to concentrate on their children’s schooling and education.
What kind of pollution-fighting measures has your school taken? Is it planning to implement any more in the future?
We’ve always had quite strong pollution measures in place such as IQ Air Filters in all classrooms but we implemented a huge renovation period just before the summer and during the summer holiday. We now have an Internal PM 2.5 fresh-air system installed in all classrooms, offices and corridors in order to provide all students and staff with continuous fresh air. We can also monitor this system at all times during the day to make sure there are no problems. All windows throughout the school are high-quality, air-tight and wind pressure resistant windows manufactured by German company Schüco. All external doors are air-tight and high insulation doors produced by German manufacturer Hörmann. We also have Panasonic air curtains installed at all external doors to further improve air quality, acting as additional barriers between the indoor and outdoor environment. We have indoor playing areas for all year levels in the school including Kindergarten and Primary indoor play areas, a large gymnasium, the student café area and student lounges. Domes are often mentioned in terms of air quality protection but our indoor fresh air system provides the same solution as a dome in every way apart from the fact that we have normal roofs instead of a very futuristic looking roof.
Any company you admire for their pollution-cutting innovations or CSR work?
We have a lot of respect for PureLiving China as they have provided a lot of excellent and innovative pollution solutions for our school which we have implemented. They are our consultancy company in what is a continuous effort to improve our school’s air quality standards.
Scan the Q.R Code to see YCIS Beijing’s LIVE Air Quality readings on campus
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