Schools are places of learning, but that doesn’t make them necessarily healthy. Children spend a large portion of their waking hours on school property, where they can be exposed to mold, poor air quality, tailpipe pollution, pesticides, cleaning supplies, and other potential health harms.
Who is most vulnerable?
Children are inherently more vulnerable to environmental hazards than adults, because of both physiological factors (their organ systems are still developing) and behavioral factors (they put their hands in their mouths more often, for example). Children with underlying health conditions, such as those with asthma, are especially vulnerable to environmental health threats at school.
What you can do.
Learn more about how schools affect your health by exploring our resources on toxic chemicals. Talk with your school officials about your concerns.