Over the past couple of weeks, we have been preaching the importance of good indoor air quality for your home or business, but did you know that the same rules apply to other institutions, as well, such as school? And with recent budget cuts, school air problems have only gotten worse.
“The buildings continue to deteriorate, and we only have a small amount of dollars to spread to do just some minimal things,” said Drue Miles, the acting Superintendent in Reading, Pennsylvania.
And, this continued decline in the indoor air quality of schools has led to an increase in hospitalizations for asthma and other respiratory problems.
“Schools are more densely occupied than office buildings, and children aren’t little adults. They’re uniquely vulnerable,” said Claire Barnett, founder and executive director of the Healthy Schools Network, a nonprofit group focused on environmental health in schools.
Facts and Statistics Regarding Poor Indoor Air Quality in Schools
- Studies estimate that more than 33% of all U.S. schools have indoor air problems, such as mold or dust, severe enough to cause respiratory issues.
- A survey of school nurses found that 40% knew of students or faculty negatively affected by poor indoor air quality.
- About 20% to 30% of people are susceptible to mold or dust, which can trigger allergic reactions.
- On average, 1 out of every 10 students has asthma, causing them to miss at least 4 days of school annually. These asthma sufferers are more severely affected by poor indoor air quality.
- 66% of teachers surveyed in Washington D.C. and more than 50% of teachers surveyed in Chicago reported either fair or poor indoor air quality at their schools.
- More than 33% of teachers surveyed in D.C. and more than 25% of teachers surveyed in Chicago surveyed said they had suffered adverse health effects because of the school environment
Poor Indoor Air Quality affects more than Health
Poor indoor air quality in schools can affect more than health. According to researchers, student performance is also tied to the quality of the air in schools.
“If you get an unhealthy building, you’re not going to have a successful school,” said Lily Eskelsen, vice president of the National Education Association, the largest teachers’ union in the United States.
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