Challenges Schools Face
Schools face special challenges in providing healthy indoor air. School buildings are crowded places. They may have four times as many occupants per square foot as office buildings. The multiple uses of school space, including classrooms, cafeterias, gyms, art rooms and labs mean many potential sources of indoor air problems. School budgets are often tight, which may affect regular maintenance and cleaning practices.
However, failure to address indoor air quality issues and take steps to prevent issues can cause problems for schools, such as:
- Costly repairs and subsequent school/room closures to address issues if maintenance and proactive measures are not taken
- Reduced efficiency of school buildings and equipment
- Negative publicity and damage to relationships among parents, teachers, and school administration
- Increased liability and risk