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HealthySEAT helps school districts evaluate their facilities
The Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is  self-audit software that helps school districts evaluate their facilities for environmental, safety and health issues.This free, unique tool is available on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website. HealthySEAT features –

  • A database file to help school districts manage all aspects of a self-assessment program. Included are a customized checklist and guidebook.
  • A comprehensive sample checklist that states and/or school districts can custom-fit to meet their own requirements.
  • A source for all EPA school programs.

To download HealthySEAT, go to EPA's website here.

Free toolkit helps schools protect indoor air
Since 1995, states, cities and counties have saved money and protected the health of the school children and staff by adopting  the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools toolkit. The toolkit provides practical advice for schools and school systems.  The EPA created the toolkit; the American Lung Association was a key contributor. Other major participants were the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers,  Association of School Business Officials and National Parent Teachers Association.

  • To learn how tens of thousands of schools have successfully used these tools, click here.
  • To download the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools toolkit from EPA's website, click here
  • As your community renovates or builds new schools, the IAQ Design Tools for Schools can help protect the air indoors.  To download that toolkit at EPA's website, click here.

Make school property tobacco-free
Schools grounds, facilities, vehicles and sponsored events should be tobacco-free.  Smoking cessation services should be provided for students and staff.  For more information on these school policy recommendations, which are part of the Asthma-Friendly Schools Initiative, click here.

Adopt school bus anti-idling programs
Although school buses operate outdoors, the fumes they produce can quickly spread indoors. As children or others open school doors, or as intake systems draw in fresh air, diesel exhaust can move indoors. The fumes can endanger the health of everyone inside.  School policies that limit school bus idling can cut the pollution coming indoors, while also saving money on fuel.  For more information, go to the National Idle-Reduction Campaign, a part of the EPA's Clean School Bus USA program.