BEES ON CAMPUS 校區內的蜜蜂
Every year, as spring approaches, our campus turns into a bit of a honey pot. This year the bees are particularly drawn to the trees between the plaza and the EMS sidewalk. Honey bees are mostly harmless, unless one is allergic to bee stings. Our teachers are aware of this situation and have reminded their students to not climb these trees, shake them or throw objects into them. If the bees aren’t agitated, they shouldn’t bother the students. 每年，隨著春天的來臨，我們的校園就會變成了一個蜜罐。今年，蜜蜂特別喜歡廣場和中小學人行道之間的樹木。蜜蜂大多是無害的，除非有人對蜂蜇過敏。我們的老師知道這種情況，並提醒學生不要爬這些樹，搖動它們或將物體扔進樹裏。如果蜜蜂不被激動，他們應該就不會打擾學生。
Furthermore, our general manager has not spotted any nests, which are often found underground. We feel the situation is under control and no additional measures are needed at this point. Our nurses are checking medical records to see if we have any students who are highly allergic to bees. If you know your child has a bee allergy, it would be helpful to email the clinic at Taichungclinic@mca.org.tw. Parents, please rest assured that the clinic is equipped to deal with emergencies.
AIR QUALITY CONCERNS
Air pollution has become a frequent issue in Taichung and has gained increased attention in recent days. The school is fully aware of our city’s deteriorating air quality and would like to ensure parents that we are taking appropriate steps to ensure your child’s safety. Our campus safety monitors, recess monitors, athletic directors and PE teachers use reliable sources to accurately measure the air quality index (AQI). AQI is a nationally and internationally recognized standard measurement that indicates air pollution levels.
空氣污染已成為台中經常遇到的問題，近日來受到越來越多的關注。 學校充分意識到我們的城市空氣品質日益惡化，並希望確保家長知道我們正在採取適當措施確保您的孩子的安全。 我們的校園安全監控員，下課時間監控人員，體育總監和體育教師使用可靠的資源準確地測量空氣質量指標（AQI）。 空氣質量指標是國家和國際上公認的指示空氣污染水平的標準指標。
Morrison currently monitors AQI from the following sources:
- The Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (a website utilized by Taichung’s Education Department)
- A smart phone app by AirVisual (the largest international air quality database)
- And a portable air quality meter (PAQM)* which measures AQI on site and at ground level.
The PAQM measurements have shown remarkable correlation with the other two sources. Although correlation is consistent, actual AQI measurements from each source may differ to some degree. This may be due to factors such as wind direction, wind speed, local dust and emissions and specific location of measuring device. Nonetheless, to ensure maximum safety, the school will always use the highest, most dangerous reading to direct our outdoor activity guidelines. Each of these sources takes the AQI measurement and labels it according to the following categories, which constitutes school protocol:
- GREEN – good to go
- 綠色 – 安全範圍
- YELLOW – exercise discretion and be sensitive to students with asthma or other related breathing difficulties (assign alternative inside exercises for such students)
- 黃色 – 行使自由裁量權，對哮喘或其他有呼吸困難的敏感學生（為這些學生分配室內活動）
- RED to PURPLE – cancel outdoor recess and outdoor PE / after-school sport (indoor should still be fine)
- 紅色到紫色 – 取消戶外體育課 /課後運動（可從事室內活動）
We trust that this brief will bring some peace of mind. Please do not hesitate to share your concerns if you have any. We welcome your input and feedback. The safety of your children are of the utmost importance to us.
我相信這封信會帶給家長一些安心。 如果您有任何疑問，請不要猶豫分享您的疑慮。 我們歡迎您的意見和反饋。 你們孩子的安全對我們至關重要。
List of Upcoming Events:
Senior Parents: Weekly prayer meeting (Weds. 8:15-9:15am) – Prayer Room (above the library)