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Environmental Exposure in School Buildings Can Influence Student Health, Performance

Is your classroom’s indoor air quality working against your students? The following article may provide some insight into improving student performance by improving indoor air quality of your school.

Environmental exposures in school buildings—to mold, poorly ventilated air, uncomfortable temperatures, inadequate lighting, or noise—can negatively impact student health, thinking, and performance, according to a new report from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Healthy Buildings Program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that more than 60,000, or 46%, of all U.S. public schools have conditions that contribute to poor indoor environmental quality, according to the report.

Some of the findings included in the report showed that poor environmental conditions caused:

  • a higher likelihood of failing an exam;

  • lower attention spans and loss of concentration;

  • lower test scores overall.

For more information, read the complete article here.

If you are concerned that your school may be one of the 60,000 schools identified by the EPA as having poor indoor environmental quality, please click here to contact David Zeidner, MS, CMR, WDRT, Director, IAQ & Emergency Response Services, to discuss a proactive IAQ assessment or call our office at 630-654-2550.

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