The ChildSafe School

Let's make our schools safe and healthy for everyone.

School is a child's workplace, where they spend up to eight hours a day, five days a week, during critical periods of their physiological development. Protecting everyone from COVID is essential, but avoiding or reducing other common low-level environmental exposures in schools such as toxic cleaning products, turf pesticides, diesel exhaust, LED lighting, wireless radiation and synthetic turf fields can have a significant positive impact on everyone's health.

The ChildSafe School is based on emerging, documented science linking chronic exposure to environmental exposures like these with negative health outcomes. The goal of this program is to provide facilities directors, administrators, teachers, staff and parents with a step-by-step framework to help make their schools as environmentally safe as they can be.

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Diesel exhaust from idling school buses and other vehicles create an unnecessary risk for students, teachers and staff. Learn how you can help reduce this exposure.

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Turf Pesticides used to maintain  school playing fields have been associated with serious illnesses. Natural turf management is the solution.  

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Cleaning products made from petroleum can contain chemicals that negatively impact children's health. Green cleaning programs can reduce this risk.

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WIFI in schools is growing in popularity, but questions remain about the long-term impact of exposure to microwave radiation. Learn more about this issue.  


Synthetic turf fields that use recycled tires for cushioning pose a significant risk to the health of young athletes, and there are other issues as well. Learn more. 

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LED lighting can save energy, but it comes with other problems that can impact the health of students and teachers. Learn