Indoor Air Quality in Schools
Students thrive in school environments that are healthy and safe. Clean air is a matter of health and safety. Ohio districts and schools need to address indoor air quality, especially during the pandemic. Improving indoor air quality helps to prevent the spread of disease, reduce asthma triggers, such as pollutants and irritants and reduce chronic absenteeism. Upgrades to school facilities will help improve indoor air quality, improve comfort and health conditions, support student learning, and provide reductions in energy bills. To get started, school officials can:
- Establish an Indoor Air Quality Management Program that assesses indoor air quality, plans for upgrades and improvements and includes HVAC inspections and maintenance.
- Optimize fresh air ventilation by bringing inside and circulating clean outdoor air
- Enhance air filtration using the central HVAC system and in-room air cleaning devices
- Get the community engaged by communicating with families the plan to improve the air quality of the school building.
There is unprecedented support from Congress to improve Indoor Air Quality. American Rescue Plan (ARP) education funds can be used to make upgrades and improvements. ARP funding can be used for inspecting, testing and maintenance of current ventilation systems. It can be used to purchase filters, portable air filtration units and to upgrade HVAC systems. Schools can purchase equipment to run outdoor classes.
Schools can visit the following websites to learn more about action steps and funding for improving indoor air quality:
Last Modified: 10/19/2023 8:30:38 AM