The EPA suggests : Students, parents, educators and school administrators can play a key role in protecting the quality of the environment in and around schools. EPA has 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.
Protect indoor air quality at schools – Improving and protecting indoor air quality at schools is important to children’s health. Indoor levels of air pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Sources of poor indoor air quality in schools range from inadequate ventilation systems to fumes from pesticides and cleaning agents. About half of the nation’s schools are implementing indoor air quality management programs, most of which are based on EPA’s voluntary Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program, which helps schools identify, resolve and prevent indoor air quality problems using mostly low- and no-cost measures. For EPA’s guidance on preventing and resolving indoor air quality problems in schools, visit http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools.
Reduce engine idling around schools, , pollution from vehicles has health implications for everyone, especially children. The goals are to reduce children’s exposure to exhaust and the amount of air pollution. Schools can also encourage the reduction of personal vehicle idling and overall use on campus.