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Why should schools take indoor air quality seriously?

The quality of the indoor air can either impede or assist a school in meeting its core mission -- educating students. Failure to prevent or quickly resolve problems can:

  • Increase the potential for short-term and long-term health problems like asthma, the number one cause of student absenteeism
  • Increase absenteeism of students and staff
  • Reduce productivity for teachers and staff
  • Accelerate deterioration and reduce efficiency of heating/cooling equipment
  • Strain relationships among school administration, parents, and staff
  • Create potential liability problems

See www.epa.gov/iaq-schools/improve-academic-performance-through-better-indoor-air-quality-schools.

See also www.epa.gov/iaq-schools