Back To School Environmental Checklist
As we start preparing our children for the new school year, their health and safety is paramount in our minds.
Schools are our children’s workplaces where they spend six or more hours a day. To ensure that they are not
exposed to polluted indoor air, toxic chemicals, allergens and other hazards that may lead to health and
learning problems, such as increased hyperactivity, asthma, learning disabilities, and chemical sensitivity,
walk through your school with this Environmental Checklist. Then use the resources on page two (which
correspond to each question) to develop a precautionary action plan to preve
Be Safe, Not Sorry, Take Precautions Now!
1. Is the school clean, and are carpets, floors, ceilings and air intakes free of
Tips: Check for unclean areas and mold and water stains on walls, floors and ceilings. Damp areas that do not dry
2. Do classroom windows open, and are heating, air conditioning and ventila
Tips: Open and close classroom windows, and ask teachers if heat and airflow are satisfactory. Ch
by holding a piece of tissue in front of them.
3. Do trucks, buses and cars load or idle well away from the school?
Tips: Can you smell exhaust inside the building? Look for the loading and idling areas - they shou
intakes and windows. Ask your principal if the school district or state has a “No Idling” policy, if not,
4. Are renovations and repairs completed?
Tips: Are renovations and repairs, including roof tarring, painting, demolition and construction
administration to publicly share their plan to control dust, fumes and noise.
5. Are cleaning products and science and art supplies free of toxic substanc
Tips: Some classroom supplies, such as dry erase markers, glues and cleaning products, co
formaldehyde, or solvents. Ask to see Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), included with purchase,
toxic replacements for supplies are available. Ask the school district to adopt a non-toxic purchasi
6. Does the school