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Indoor Air Quality and School Absenteeism: 

6 Illnesses That Keep Students Home

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Indoor Air Quality and School Absenteeism: 6 Illnesses That Keep Students Home

How School Buildings Impact Student Health and Attendance and What You Can Do About It.

Chronic absenteeism is a national problem that puts more than 6.5 million children at risk for falling behind academically and puts schools at risk for losing state funding. 

Illness is a top cause of absenteeism — asthma alone accounts for 14 million absences per year, and influenza causes countless school closures — but it’s a cause schools tend to overlook. 

This 17-page White Paper draws upon 76 scientific sources and expert interviews to bring you one of the most comprehensive and engaging summaries on the subject.

Over the course of a K-12 education, a child will spend more than 15,000 hours at school

Classrooms, cafeterias, libraries, and gyms — even when cleaned to high standards —

are reservoirs for biological and chemical contaminants.

Year-round, school building conditions may expose students (and staff) to substances that trigger asthma, allergies, headaches, nausea, and other symptoms that make it difficult, 

if not impossible, to learn or teach

Below are six health-related causes of absenteeism, all linked to indoor air quality.

A proactive approach to indoor air quality can help schools maximize student health and attendance, keeping closures and remediation costs to a minimum

Below are important steps schools can take to keep contaminants at bay.

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