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Kids in School
kid walking to school

We have provided links to web resources that contain detailed information and solutions for you and your family.

Much of the information comes from the Oregon's Department of Human Services and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other local and national resources

 
Overview of Toxins in School
  • The National Library of Medicine's Tox Town offers an introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life and in everyday places. Visit the section on schools to learn more about healthy schools, chemicals in school, and other school safety issues.
  • Children's Health Protection Website (EPA) - Get up-to-date information about potential threats to children's environmental health at school and learn about the steps parents can take to protect their children. Scientific data, regulations, and publications are also provided.

Pesticides

Pesticides can be beneficial, but they can be very dangerous to children if they are not used or stored properly. Learn more about what schools can do to reduces exposure in the classroom.


Asthma

Approximately 64,000 children in Oregon have this chronic lung disease and it is the leading cause of school absences nationwide. Learn more about asthma, what triggers attacks, and how to help your child successfully manage this disease while they are at school.


Indoor Air

Poor indoor air quality can create health problems for students, teachers, and administrators. Learn about the sources of indoor air pollution, the health effects, and how to improve indoor air quality. 


Diesel

Exposure to diesel can cause lung damage and exacerbate existing respiratory disease. 


Eco-friendly childcare and schools

Learn about programs that aim to improve the safety and health of children in these facilities.

  • Childcare Providers (OEC) - Learn more about the Oregon Environmental Council's Eco-friendly Childcare program and find a list of Oregon providers who qualify as eco-friendly. 
  • Teachers GHST (pdf) - Learn about the Oregon Green and Health School teams program and about how to bring the program to your school.
  • Art and Creative Materials Institute's list of non-toxic art supplies - Oregon requires all public schools to purchase and use only those products that have been certifies by ACMI as non-toxic. This list is also recommended for use by private schools, home-schools, daycare facilities and public and private art associations. Learn more about the certification process and see a list of currently approved products.