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Healthy School Environments

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Welcome to the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Healthy Schools Website. This website provides a host of resources and information to help support healthy and productive school environments for our nation’s children. Whether you are a state, school district, school, school official, teacher, parent, student, or supporter of healthy schools, this website can put you on the path to providing clean, green, and healthy school environments for students and staff.

School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Children spend 90% of their time indoors and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect children’s health, attendance, concentration, and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities (PDF) (3pp, 420K, About PDF) Exit EPA Disclaimer. To foster children’s health and academic achievement, healthy school environments should be addressed and integrated within the education system.

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State School Environmental Health Guidelines

EPA’s Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program will help states establish and sustain environmental health programs for K-12 schools. The guidelines present recommendations, case studies, and resources that will help states build or enhance an existing program. This website includes an overview of the guidelines, as well as links to additional information and resources.

Voluntary Guidelines for Selecting Safe School Locations

On October 3, 2011, EPA released the final School Siting Guidelines. These guidelines can be used to help communities protect the health of students and staff from environmental threats when selecting new locations for schools.  The new voluntary guidelines will help local communities consider environmental health issues in establishing school site selection criteria and in conducting effective environmental reviews of prospective school sites.  The guidelines recommend involving the public throughout the site selection process to help ensure community support for these decisions.   

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

EPA Schools Programs

There are many steps that parents, schools and communities can take to help promote healthy school environments. EPA has resources in a number of programs that are designed to help schools and communities take action to protect children's health in one of the most important places—where children learn.

To learn more about EPA Schools Programs, see the List of EPA Schools Programs.

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