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CHPS Celebrates National Healthy Schools Day 2013

(May 14, 2013) Tuesday, April 30th, marked the 11th annual National Healthy Schools Day, a growing national movement that works to improve schools’ indoor air quality. School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Each school day, 55 million children and 7 million adults — 20 percent of the total U.S. population and 98 percent of all children—spend their days inside school buildings. Unfortunately, too many of our nation’s 130,000 public and private schools are “unhealthy” buildings that can harm their health and hinder learning. Unhealthy school environments can affect attendance, concentration and performance, as well as lead to costly, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities for schools.

This year, CHPS marked National Healthy Schools Day by stepping out with students from Woodcreek High School, part of Roseville Joint Unified School District, to take measurements as part of the school's participation in the CHPS Operations Report Card. Students and CHPS staff took air quality measurements and observations, lighting level measurements, temperature and relative humidity readings [FACEBOOK PHOTO ALBUM of CHPS' National Healthy Schools Day].

Those measurements are collected into the Operations Report Card online program, and will eventually result in a report card for the staff, faculty and community that details the performance of the school's buildings. As part of the process, facilities staff will enter in basic information about the school and it's mechanical systems, as well as perform an occupant survey to find out how staff and administrators perceive the indoor learning environment.

CHPS celebrated National Healthy Schools Day with organizations across the country. Bob Perciasepe, Acting Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency, said,"Protecting children's health where they learn and play is one of EPA's most important responsibilities. Harmful pollution in and around school environments can affect our kids' health and the quality of their learning. That's why National Healthy Schools Day is so important. When we send our kids to school, we should feel confident that we're sending them to a classroom that is healthy and safe."

CHPS Staff joins Woodcreek High School students to find out how well their school buildings are performing~order=2013-05-14
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