Indoor Air Quality Program for Schools
Establish an indoor air quality program for the school or preschool and utilize the EPA guide entitled Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit. (See endnote 70.)
Day care centers should utilize the 2-hour training program on indoor air quality and asthma. Schools should provide, for children with asthma in the third, fourth, and fifth grades, the interactive asthma curriculum entitled “Open Air-Ways for Schools.”
Urban schools are usually older and present numerous problems which contribute to indoor air quality concerns. Specifically, structural improvements should include removal and replacement of moldy walls and ceilings, repair and upgrade of ventilation systems, proper removal of lead-based paints, proper removal of asbestos, repair of steam system and plumbing leaks, and comprehensive cleaning and removal of dust and dirt throughout the school. Insects and rodents are a serious health problem and should be eliminated. The droppings can become asthma triggers and can be the source of bacterial diseases. The chemicals used for treatment must not add to the indoor air quality problem.