ERIC Number: ED436948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Neglected Buildings, Damaged Health: A "Snapshot" of New York City Public School Environmental Conditions.
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.; Healthy Schools Network, Inc., Albany, NY.
Survey results are presented from 65 parents, students over 12 years, teachers, and other school employees using 39 different schools about environmental conditions in New York City public schools. It shows the results of years of neglect of infrastructure for children and reveals disturbing new information about the environmental health of school occupants. Among the findings are that 40 percent of the respondents reported medical conditions present such as asthma or allergies, and 39 percent reported that the school conditions made their health worse. Thirty-five percent of the schools either had no fire extinguishers and/or alarms easily accessible in classrooms or did not have a playground. Thirty-three percent of the schools reported having poor ventilation, 24 percent had inadequate heat, 26 percent had obvious roach or rodent problems, 45 percent did not have clean bathrooms or lacked soap and toilet paper, 37 percent had drinking water that tasted strange, 24 percent indicated unclean cafeterias, 40 percent reported garbage and discarded waste present around the school, and 40 percent were overcrowded. Recommendations are listed that include enforcement of existing laws, linking school maintenance funding to environmental health needs of school occupants, and the closing of schools that threaten health. Appendices contain the survey document, data analysis of the 65 surveys, and a list of the schools/sites surveyed. (GR)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Safety, State School District Relationship, Surveys, Urban Schools
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., 151 West 30th St., 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001. For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., Long Island City.; Healthy Schools Network, Inc., Albany, NY.