Is Your School Building Making You Sick?

January 2024 | National Education Association

This article from the National Educational Association (NEA) discusses the increasing health risks posed by indoor air pollutants and extreme temperatures in school buildings. Educators and students are experiencing respiratory problems, headaches, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating due to poor indoor air quality. The neglect of school infrastructure, including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, has led to hazardous conditions. Mold infestations, exacerbated by climate change, are widespread, impacting both educators and students. The article emphasizes the importance of healthy working conditions for teacher retention and student well-being. It calls for urgent attention to address the dire state of school buildings, highlighting NEA’s advocacy efforts for improved indoor air quality and infrastructure investments.