We all want children and teachers to be safe at school. But there are some dangers—such as air pollution—that are not always obvious. Air pollution in schools can affect how children learn and harm their growing lungs. It can also cause health problems for faculty and staff. You can help protect your family and your community by learning more about keeping the air in schools clean and healthy.
Understanding what makes indoor air unhealthy and the specific pollutants that might be present in schools is the first step to addressing the problem. Then, you can take action to protect yourself from indoor air pollution.
These additional resources can help you address air quality in schools:
More Clean Air at School Resources
- The Framework for Effective School IAQ Management by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidance and resources for schools to develop and sustain an IAQ management program.
- EPA’s Creating Health Indoor Air Quality in Schools webpage offers a wide variety of resources and education on the topic, including IAQ Tools For Schools and Indoor Air Quality Master Class Professional Training Webinar Series.
- This Indoor Air Quality Self-Inspection Checklist for Schools by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health covers general recommendations for addressing indoor air quality in schools.
Page last updated: November 2, 2023