Healthy School Environments

Healthy School Environments

Healthy School Environments

Approximate 1.7 million children and over 123,000 teachers attend school in Pennsylvania every day. The average age of these schools is over 45 years and many are in poor condition due to deferred maintenance. Poor maintenance leads to uncomfortable and unsafe conditions in schools.  Such conditions can have serious impacts on student and staff health and performance during the school year and later in life.  There are no national regulations which designate the parameters of a “healthy school environment”.  There are however, excellent guidelines for no-cost, low-cost, logical and affordable measures and programs to help prevent and resolve environmental exposures in schools.

The most critical path to a well maintained school is clear communication between everyone in the school building from the youngest learner to the top administrator.  Regular communication through a school health advisory board, green team, or school health point-of-contact can help identify problems, such as leaks, mold or bodily symptoms and offer quick response from the appropriate personnel.

For a Quick Assessment to reduce and prevent exposures to common environmental health hazards in your school connect to:  Sensible Steps to Healthier School Environments

Healthy School Environments Resources

Mold and Mildew Prevention

Asthma Trigger Prevention

Healthy Indoor/Outdoor Air

Green Cleaning

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Safe Drinking Water

School Chemical Clean-Out