IAQ Tools for Schools
Additional IAQ resources on asthma, secondhand smoke, schools, large buildings and homes can be found on our Indoor Air Publications website.
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When used in conjunction with other EPA programs and guidance, the Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools resources are even more effective in helping school districts achieve maximum results, and are available at no cost.
- Indoor Air Quality Management
- Student Performance
- Asthma in Schools
- Mold in Schools
- Radon in Schools
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Indoor Air Quality Management
|Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Overview
This fact sheet offers a brief overview of the concerns related to poor IAQ in schools and how the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance, resources and access to the National Schools Network can help districts take action to create healthy indoor environments.
|IAQ Tools for Schools Framework for Effective School IAQ Management
The Framework for Effective School IAQ Management provides a common language to describe the drivers of IAQ program success; detailed guidance on the proven strategies, organizational approaches and leadership styles that are fundamental to program success; and a clear vision of the pathway to IAQ excellence in schools. Use the Framework to launch, sustain or reinvigorate an effective IAQ management program.
|IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit
The IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit shows schools how to carry out a practical plan of action to improve indoor air problems at little or no cost using straightforward activities and in-house staff. The Action Kit provides best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies and a sample IAQ management plan.
|Video Collection DVD
The DVD includes: "Taking Action," which shows how one school successfully implemented the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit; "Ventilation Basics," which explains the importance of good IAQ and shows how to operate and maintain school ventilation systems; and "Walkthrough: Four Schools Making a Difference," which illustrates the school walkthrough.
|Actions to Improve IAQ
This colorful tri-fold brochure includes insert cards with guidance and action items for facility managers, teachers, administrators and health professionals on how to improve IAQ in schools.
|Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Problem Solving Wheel
The Problem Solving Wheel is an interactive, user-friendly tool to help school staff identify IAQ emergencies and to respond appropriately. This resource helps school staff understand the symptoms of health problems caused by poor IAQ and common IAQ issues in schools and how to address them. The Problem Solving Wheel is included in the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit and is available for order separately [EPA 402-K-05-001A]
Use this interactive tool! The IAQ Tools for Schools Problem Solving Wheel is now available in a web-ready version. Click on a health symptom to review a list of possible causes of these complaints. Then, use the resources and checklists available in the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit to identify and respond to IAQ issues. Find out what to do in an emergency.
|Indoor Air Quality Design Tools for Schools Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides an overview of the IAQ Design Tools for Schools website. EPA created the website for school staff, architects, engineers and consultants responsible for school planning, design, construction, renovation, and operations and maintenance. The resources on the website offer valuable information on the factors that affect the quality of the indoor environment and provide guidance on how to ensure good IAQ during school construction and renovation projects.
|How Does Indoor Air Quality Impact Student Health and Academic Performance?
This fact sheet explains how good IAQ in schools is a critical component of a healthy and comfortable learning environment. IAQ affects the health, productivity, performance, and comfort of students, teachers and staff. Several problems can lead to poor IAQ and trigger health problems like asthma and allergies.
Asthma in Schools
|Managing Asthma in the School Environment
This guide offers valuable information for all school employees, especially school nurses, teachers and maintenance staff, on how to identify and control environmental triggers commonly found in schools.
|Help Your Child Gain Control Over Asthma
This brochure offers tips and helpful pictures on how to manage asthma by developing a plan and following simple steps to minimize exposure to asthma triggers found indoors and out.
Ayude a su niño a controlar el asma
Mold in Schools
|Mold in Schools Fact Sheet
The Mold in Schools Fact Sheet provides a summary of information about mold growth in school buildings and portable classrooms. There are growing concerns regarding mold as the public becomes more aware that exposure to mold can cause a variety of health problems, including allergic reactions.
|Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
This document on remediating and cleaning up mold and moisture in schools and commercial buildings is designed to protect the health of building occupants. It serves as a reference guide for building managers, custodians and others who are responsible for commercial building and school maintenance.
Access other mold-related publications and resources at http://www.epa.gov/mold/publications.html
Radon in Schools
|Managing Radon in Schools
As part of an effective IAQ management program, schools should test for radon to know if radon levels are elevated, and if so, reduce risks to occupants through radon mitigation. Many schools have successfully applied radon mitigation strategies to control indoor radon levels.
Access other radon-related publications at http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/index.html
How to Order EPA Publications
You can order most of these Indoor Air Quality publications from EPA's National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP):