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.
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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