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The rate of asthma in young children has risen by 160 percent in the last 15 years. Today one out of every 13 school-age children has asthma. Children with asthma miss twice as many school days as children without asthma. In the U.S., asthma accounts for 14 million missed school days each year.

Many substances found in school buildings affect indoor air quality and can trigger various allergies and asthma. Examples include mold, mildew, dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches and other pests, secondhand smoke, and chemicals used in cleaning agents.

One of the most important things schools can do is assess and maintain indoor air quality. Renovation and new construction projects should incorporate specifications for asthma-friendly schools. The outdoor environment is important as well, and schools can take steps to reduce outdoor air pollution caused by diesel school bus emissions.

Regional Resources

NH DES Air Quality Forecast

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Healthy Schools Region 1-New Hampshire

New England Asthma Regional Council's (ARC) Healthy Schools

Environmental Health Perspectives - Prevalence and Implementation of IAQ Programs in U.S. Schools


Health Considerations When Choosing School Flooring.

Reducing Asthma Triggers in Schools - Recommendations for Effective Policies, Regulations, & Legislation.

What's that Smell - Simple Steps to Tackle School Air Problems

New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Health and Safety

NH Clean School Bus Initiative

NH Partnership for Healthy School Environnments