The COVID-19 Crisis Puts Children on the Frontline
The Nation Needs Healthy Schools in the Post-Pandemic Future:
Children, Families & Schools
What: 18th annual National Healthy Schools Day
When: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Where: In your state and community
MEDIA - SUGGESTED COVERAGE: Use the NHSDay online Resources to ask your local school district and your state agencies if they are using the unexpected school and childcare closures to address the cleaning and disinfecting facilities with safer products, or maintaining and repairing buildings and grounds.
Key topics: covered by online RESOURCES: lead, ventilation, A/C, safer pest control, molds, chemical inventories. The Resources also include how to talk to children about the pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every aspect of people's lives, in the United States and around the world. For millions of communities, the seriousness of the threat crystalized when schools and childcare facilities began to close. When these educational facilities reopen for the 65 million children and 8 million adults who work in them every day, this will be the strongest signal that normalcy is returning. Will they return to Healthier Schools?
"The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for school district leaders as they work tirelessly to ensure all students are healthy and can continue learning during school closures; support staff and communities through new uncertainties;
"We applaud school custodial staff across the nation who are on the front lines of protecting the health of students and other school personnel every day of the year. To support them, schools should use this closure time to develop a Green Cleaning Program that relies on the use of certified low-toxicity cleaning chemicals and safer surface disinfectants. Fortunately, there are many safer disinfectants on EPA's List N of products that are effective against the COVID-19 virus. They include products with active ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide or ethyl alcohol that kill germs without causing asthma, unlike chlorine bleach and quaternary ammonium compounds, which are known respiratory sensitizers."
Alicia Culver, executive director, Responsible Purchasing Network