Kids Learn Better in a clean & healthy school

It’s Everyone’s Job!

Top Ten List for What Administrators Can Do:

ü      Follow Program of basic cleaning and maintenance to create and maintain a healthy school.

ü      Schedule At Least One Staff Meeting Annually that deals with school health and safety to heighten awareness of healthy schools issues and to review classroom and maintenance check lists.

ü      Regularly Review All Procedures regarding health and safety with district and school custodial staff.

ü      Periodically Tour Your Building with maintenance personnel to identify potential health and safety problems.

ü      Institute A Process To Respond to environment and health concerns in a timely manner.

ü      Develop A Plan To Communicate any important health and safety issues to parents and the public.

ü      Support A School Health And Safety Committee that includes your school nurses and representatives of maintenance staff, teachers and parents.

ü      Evaluate The Lead Exposure Potential of your school including sources such as paint, water, soil and dust.

ü      Prohibit Bus Idling adjacent to school buildings to prevent diesel fumes from entering buildings or affecting children on school side walks.

ü      Comply With New Jersey State Regulations For:

o       Right to Know training (NJSA 34:5A-13)

o       Radon testing (NJSA 18A:20-40)

o       Pest Management (NJAC 7:30-13)

o       Asthma Management (NJAC 6A:16-2.1(e))

o       Asbestos Management (NJAC 5:23-8)

o       Construction Management (NJAC 12:100-13.5)

Student performance and attendance are better in a healthy building

 

Resources for more information:  www.healthyschools.org; www.epa.gov/iaq (Tools for Schools); www.pacnj.org

Developed by the Trenton Coalition for Healthy Schools and Pediatric Asthma Coalition of NJ with the support from NJ Department of Health and Senior Services

Information in this publication is not intended to diagnose health problems or take the place of medical advice.  For asthma or any medical condition, seek medical advice from your child’s or your health care professional.

 

Kids Learn Better In A Clean & Healthy School

It’s Everyone’s Job!

 

Top Ten List for What Maintenance Staff Can Do:

 

ü      Work With_School-Based Health and Environment Committee to raise awareness of and achieve a healthy school environment.

ü      Fix Roof and Plumbing Leaks Promptly.  Dry out wet materials and remove/remediate any materials that have not dried out in 48 hours.

ü      Establish And Follow A Regular Schedule for inspecting plumbing, roofs, ceilings, walls, floors, and carpeting for water leakage and mold growth or moldy odor.

ü      Adopt And Follow Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Methods:

o        Do not spray pesticides

o        Remove food waste and water that may attract pests to specific areas

o        Report clutter that can provide shelter for pests

o        Empty trash containers daily into sealed container, preferably located away from school building

o        Seal up cracks, holes or any other points of entry for pests

o        Install and maintain door sweeps on exterior doors to prevent pest entry

o       Engage a licensed pesticide applicator to place bait and traps or any other pesticide in school buildings [N.J.A.C. 30.6.1(a)]

ü      Keep The Building Clean

o        Use entryway walk-off mats to reduce dust and dirt tracked into school building

o        Damp or wet mop floors daily

o       Vacuum carpeted areas daily (Long term, replace carpeting with washable hard surface floors.  Carpet collects allergens and toxins)

ü      Establish, Follow And Document Regular Schedule Of Maintenance for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) system

o        Keep outdoor air intakes vents open and free of debris

o        Inspect and change air filters per room according to a regular schedule

o       Maintain winter temperatures at 68o to 74o F

ü      Minimize Exposures To Toxic Chemicals

o        Specify unscented, low odor, low toxicity cleaning products

o       Do not disturb asbestos containing building material or lead-based paint (pre-1978)

ü      Isolate Areas Under Renovation Or Construction from occupied areas

ü      Work With Administration to ensure compliance with NJ regulations related to:

o        Right to Know

o        Radon testing

o        Pesticide use

o        Asbestos management

o        Construction management

ü      Respond Promptly to questions and complaints about school conditions

 

Resources for more information:  www.healthyschools.org; www.epa.gov/iaq (Tools for Schools); www.pacnj.org

Developed by the Trenton Coalition for Healthy Schools and Pediatric Asthma Coalition of NJ with the support from NJ Department of Health and Senior Services

Information in this publication is not intended to diagnose health problems or take the place of medical advice.  For asthma or any medical condition, seek medical advice from your child’s or your health care professional.

 

Kids Learn Better In A Clean & Healthy School

It’s Everyone’s Job!

 

Top Ten List for What Teachers, Staff & Students Can Do:

 

*      Report unusual odors, mold or other environmental conditions related to specific areas of the building to maintenance staff

*      Do not spray pesticides; report pest problems to maintenance staff

*      Reduce classroom clutter and utilize covered bins for classroom materials to make cleaning easier

*      Keep air vents clear of furniture, piles of books or other stored items

*      Avoid carpeting and old upholstered furniture.  They are reservoirs for dust, mold and other allergens

*      Use only low odor, low toxicity cleaning, instructional, art and science products and follow manufacturers’ instructions

*      Avoid use of aerosol products.  Be aware that aerosols and harsh chemicals can trigger breathing problems and rashes in sensitive individuals

*      Keep furry or feathered pets out of classrooms

*      Minimize eating in the classroom.  Food stored in the classroom should be in sealed containers.  Cleanup small spills promptly.  Report large spills to maintenance staff

*      Serve on a committee to help promote a regular program of healthy school maintenance

 

 

Resources for more information:  www.healthyschools.org; www.epa.gov/iaq (Tools for Schools); www.pacnj.org

Developed by the Trenton Coalition for Healthy Schools and Pediatric Asthma Coalition of NJ with the support from NJ Department of Health and Senior Services

Information in this publication is not intended to diagnose health problems or take the place of medical advice.  For asthma or any medical condition, seek medical advice from your child’s or your health care professional.

  

Information obtained from The Department of Education