Did you know that according to one CDC report, 12.8 million school days were missed by students due to allergies and asthma? Get ahead of problem for your students as they get ready for the new year.
The start of a new school year can be an exciting time. However, for students with asthma and allergies, back to school can mean facing potential health hazards at school and in the classroom. For sensitive children, common materials like cleaning supplies and pet dander from classroom pets can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms.
Poor air quality negatively effects academic performance
Breathing polluted indoor air may also reduce academic performance and increase absenteeism in both students and teachers. A 2007 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 12.8 million school days were missed by students in the US as the result of allergies and asthma. According to the EPA, young children are especially vulnerable to breathing airborne pollutants and particles, as their bodies are still developing. With one-half of the nation's schools linked to problems with poor indoor air quality, it is important to improve a school's indoor air quality to provide a nurturing environment for education to flourish.
Here are our recommendations for good indoor air quality in the classroom:
Source control — Remove as many sources of indoor air pollution as possible. If there are buses idling outside the window make sure the windows are closed. If there is glue, paint, markers or other substances that produce gases, ensure that these are closed when not in use. Also, educate your children and students to understand their triggers. Remind them to not to hold the classroom pet and to be careful around chalkboards and whiteboards in their classrooms. Additionally, if you have young children, be sure to inform your child's school nurse and teacher of any potential allergy triggers.
Beyond the classroom, it's important to remember that your child spends more time breathing in their bedroom than any other indoor space. Protect their breathing and their sleep by covering that space with the right sized air purifier. Plus with designer options, you can pick just the right unit to fit their personality.