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Asthma and Indoor Air Quality in Schools

2009 | Download

Asthma is the most common chronic disease among schoolaged children and is a leading cause of school absences nationwide. Research conducted in California and throughout the U.S., as well as in other countries, has connected poor-quality indoor air in schools to health problems, including asthma.

Created by PHI's Regional Asthma Management and Prevention program, this fact sheet looks at the major indoor air quality problems in schools that are affecting children with asthma, including:

  • Ventilation
  • Moisture and mold
  • Finishes, furnishings, and cleaning and teaching products
  • Dust
  • Pesticides

The report also includes examples of local and state policies designed to  reduce exposure to environmental triggers in schools, helping to keep kids healthy and ready to learn.

Read the report.