Promoting Healthy School Environments
Poor indoor air quality in schools has been linked to decreased student and teacher performance and increased absenteeism. Poor indoor air quality can also result in acute symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation, headache, nausea, lethargy and chronic conditions — such as asthma and allergies. The Envision Program – Promoting Healthy School Environments was created by the Legislature in 2000 as part of the School Environmental Health Act (Act 125) to address indoor air quality issues by providing model environmental health management plans, policies and guidance to schools.
The School Environmental Health Act 125 was passed into law with goals to improve school indoor air quality, reduce hazardous exposures, and help schools earn the Envision Certificate of Achievement.