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ERIC Number: EJ949515
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Sanitary, Safe and Green School Restrooms
Kennedy, Mike
American School & University, v84 n1 p26-29 Sep 2011
The restroom, and what goes on in there, are subjects that cause many people discomfort or embarrassment. However, washrooms do not always receive the attention they require. Their design may be an afterthought. Cleaning and maintenance schedules may not be sufficient to get rid of grime and unpleasant odors. In schools, where hundreds of students a day may use a bathroom, this can lead to facilities that are breeding grounds for germs and disease, and that provide opportunities for bullying and vandalism. Some students may decide to endure physical discomfort rather than take a step into such an unsafe and unsanitary place, and they may find it difficult to concentrate on their school work. Renewed focus by education institutions on student health, campus safety, and sustainability for green schools are factors drawing attention to the benefits of improved restroom design. In this article, the author discusses how well-designed school restrooms can enhance student health, deter misbehavior, and conserve resources.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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