Looking For Clean Air In The Classroom?
Parents who keep the air clean at home often experience great frustration in resolving air quality issues in schools, especially schools in older buildings, in manufacturing towns, and in inner cities. Asthma, which has doubled since the 1990s, is the leading cause of school absenteeism and hospital admittance for kids.
What can you do? If your child is well at home but gets sick at school, and you are concerned it is an environmental issue, here are 3 areas to explore:
1) Old buildings. They can emit particles from lead-based paints, crumbling masonry, areas that have not been cleaned in years, and hidden mold. Poor ventilation is often present, and sometimes water leaks and pet infestation are issues.
2) Chemicals. Pesticides, toxic fumes from harsh chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fragrances, and cleaning solutions can be dangerous on their own, but the combination of chemicals can quickly send a child into an asthma attack.
3) Particulates. Classrooms are loaded with particulate that irritates the tender airways of children, including old furniture and carpeting, soot, animal dander from classroom pets, paper dust, clothing fibers, and dead skin cells.
Meet the parent from East Boston, Massachusetts, who led a fundraising campaign to provide her daughter’s school with fresh and clean air, improving the breathing of students and teachers year round.