Better Air Quality: A Back-To-School Imperative

With schools across the country wind down from summer vacation and after a previously difficult year of hybrid, remote, and in-person instruction, leaders and educators have the opportunity to chart a new course for this coming schools year. As we consider potential improvements to our school buildings, we should start with the most basic thing our children, and all people, need to thrive—clean air to breathe. Without upgrades, poor air quality will continue to be a result, and that’s dangerous for a number of reasons. 

The first reason is that studies show, and CDC infection control guidelines confirm, diseases can spread faster when air quality is compromised—as the last year painfully proved.  

Second, poor air quality can affect students’ health and their ability to learn in subtle, but nonetheless detrimental, ways.  

Fortunately, we now have a vital opportunity to fix this problem. The federal government’s COVID-19 relief measures have allocated more than $122 billion to K-12 schools across America, and a portion of that can—and should—be used for critical facility upgrades that improve indoor air quality. 

Click here to read the full article posted on August 5th, 2021 on Science Magazine. 

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