Why Indoor Air Quality is Important in Schools
"...Indoor air pollutants may be two to five times,
occasionally more than 100 times - higher than outdoor levels" 
Why is an IAQ so important?
Most people spend approximately 86.9% of their time indoors
Indoor air pollution is consistently ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health
Good IAQ is a factor that can be controlled and promotes a healthy indoor environment for the children and staff, helping schools achieve the goals of educating their students.
Potential long- and short-term health issues for the students and staff, including:
Results of IAQ Deficiencies
Does the the state (IEMA) or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide IAQ guidelines for school air and environmental guidelines?
Yes, both the EPA and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Nuclear Safety (IEMA) provide
Illinois Schools Environmental Guidelines to follow.
1. Practice Effective Cleaning and Maintenance
2. Prevent Mold and Moisture
3. Reduce Chemical and Environmental Contaminant Hazards
4. Ensure Good Ventilation
5. Prevent Pests and Reduce Pesticide Exposure Voluntary Guidelines for States Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program To learn more about this issue, see the EPAs' Office of Children’s Health Protection
"...86.9% of our time is spent indoors, each day"
Results from an ongoing Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Department of Nuclear Safety (IEMA) study that started in 2003, indicated that the leading source of radon exposure for school age children was their residential dwellings, with nearly thirty-six percent of all of Illinois homes having elevated levels of radon (above the four picoCurie action level). However, the second leading source was their schools. This is also true for the teachers and staff. It is recommended by IEMA that all schools test for radon and there is even State Indoor Radon Grant.
Managing Radon in Schools...
STARTS with a quality Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Managment Program