As parents, grandparents and child advocates, we are concerned about recent increases in the rates of asthma, cancer and other childhood illnesses as well as in learning and behavioral problems. And, growing evidence of the link between health and toxic environmental exposures, especially with respect to the unique vulnerability of children, has ignited increased interest in the environmental quality of schools.
The ChildSafe School (CSS) provides a step-by-step framework to help parents, teachers and administrators make their schools as environmentally safe as they can be, by adopting policies that prohibit the idling of school buses and other vehicles; mandate the use of safe cleaning products, and eliminate the use of pesticides on school grounds and playing fields. CSS also addresses current and emerging issues related to synthetic turf, fragrances and wireless radiation.
The question we ask, Is Your Child’s School Environmentally Safe?, is highlighted on the cover and in a feature article in National PTA’s fall (October-November) issue of Our Children. Improving the health of school environments is a goal that not only benefits students but teachers and staff as well.
The web site www.thechildsafeschool.org details each issue, provides short video presentations and a Resource Guide of science-based and advocacy materials, including sample policies and how to initiate a local school building/district campaign. CSS is a thoughtful approach to ways we can empower parents and families to assure their children’s learning (and play) environments are healthy and safe while, at the same time, encourage cost-savings for schools.
We invite you to join our community to raise awareness about these important issues. You can “like” us at www.facebook.com/TheChildSafeSchool and please be sure to visit our blog! Let us know how we can help you and your community make sure your schools are ChildSafe schools!
With thanks for all you do and continue to do,