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Healthy Schools

  • Outreach materials for school professionals, school service providers, and the general public

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More than 53 million children and about six million adults spend a significant portion of their days in more than 120,000 public and private school buildings. Many of these buildings are old and in poor condition, and may contain environmental conditions that inhibit learning and pose increased risks to the health of children and staff.

This website is designed to provide one-stop access to the many programs and resources available to help prevent and resolve environmental issues in schools.

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School Siting

Children spend more time in school than in any other environment except their home. A school that is well-located, thoughtfully designed, soundly built, and efficiently operated enhances the educational process by providing a safe and healthy environment for children, teachers and other staff, and provides many opportunities to meet multiple community goals.

Cover of School Siting GuidelinesVoluntary Guidelines for Selecting Safe School Locations: In October 2011, EPA released the final School Siting Guidelines. These voluntary guidelines can be used to help communities protect students and staff from environmental threats by making the best possible decisions when selecting new school locations. The guidelines are intended to help local school districts and communities evaluate environmental health issues in establishing site selection criteria and conducting effective environmental reviews of prospective school sites. The guidelines recommend public involvement throughout the selection process to help ensure community support for these decisions.

EPA developed the guidelines in consultation with other federal agencies, states, school districts, teachers, community organizations, and health care professionals, as well as environmental justice, children’s health and environmental groups, among others.

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