ERIC Number: ED570459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Health at School: Ignored Too Long. Panel and Facilitated Workshop. Full Report
Goodson, Dana; Rustem, Kim
Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
On November 9-11, 2015, Healthy Schools Network, with funding support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Education Facilities Clearinghouse, California Endowment, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, convened the first national facilitated workshop on environmental health at school at The PEW Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC. This gathering assembled knowledgeable parents, experts, and advocates from multiple fields to develop research and policy recommendations for addressing environmental health hazards (including, but not limited to, indoor air pollution, PCBs, molds, and chemical mismanagement and spills) commonly found in the nation's 130,000 PK-12 schools and child care facilities. These risks place more than 55 million children who occupy these facilities across the country at risk every day. Overall, participants agreed that children's risks and exposures at schools and in child care facilities are truly public health issues that require public health solutions. Recommendations include the need for collaborations across the sectors to develop preventive measures and identify a host of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention actions that keep all children safe. Healthy Schools Network closed the workshop by informing the group that a meeting summary, including their suggestions and recommendations, would be developed, revised by the members of the organizing committee and breakout group leads, and shared with the participants by the end of December. The additional goal is to share the report and its recommendations with a larger group of stakeholders at a national gathering organized by Healthy Schools Network, proposed for late spring 2016. Appended are: (1) Attendees; (2) Speakers and Presentations; (3) Breakout Group Reports; and (4) Bibliography.
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Workshops, Environmental Influences, Hazardous Materials, Pollution, Elementary Secondary Education, Child Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Child Health, Cooperative Planning, Prevention, Intervention, Standards, Guidelines, Parent Role, School Policy, Training, Educational Legislation, Parent Rights, Privacy, Student Records, Risk Management
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. 773 Madison Avenue 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12208. Tel: 518-462-0632: Fax: 518-462-0433; Web site: http://www.healthyschools.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (NIH); California Endowment
Authoring Institution: Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974
Grant or Contract Numbers: R13ES026508