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Healthy Schools Day Focuses Nation on Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality is a contributing factor to health and student learning. To help highlight this important issue, this past Tuesday (April 30th) was National Healthy Schools Day. Sponsored by the Healthy Schools Network, this day included a series of related events throughout the United States.

Statements of support came from a wide range of policymakers, including:

Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency: “Protecting children’s health where they learn and play is one of EPA’s most important responsibilities. Harmful pollution in and around school environments can affect our kids’ health and the quality of their learning. That’s why National Healthy Schools Day is so important. When we send our kids to school, we should feel confident that we’re sending them to a classroom that is healthy and safe.”

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education: “Healthy and safe facilities are a foundation that enables every student to achieve to his or her full potential, every year from preschool to career. Healthy school environments are especially vital for our youngest learners, whose health and development are the most vulnerable to contaminants, asthma triggers and other environmental health hazards.”

U.S. Senator Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: “National Healthy Schools Day is an important reminder that we must do all we can to ensure our children have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink wherever they are. I will continue to fight any efforts to weaken the landmark environmental laws that protect the health of our children and families.”

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