How Parents Can Help Change and Improve Toxic Schools

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Educate Yourself About Non-Toxic Schools

Do you actually know what constitutes a green and healthy school environment? For example, is mold worse than lead-based paint? Do green cleaners really make a difference? Does school location matter? If you’re unclear about what makes a healthy school environment, it’s time to learn. You can’t make sure your child’s school is healthy if you don’t get the facts. Following are some easy starter guides all about healthy, non-toxic schools:

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Give Your Child a Healthy Start

If you’re going the public school route, it’s tough to choose your child’s ideal primary, middle and high school. Often districts and red-tape halt transfers. However, as a parent, you have more choices regarding early childhood education, so make those choice count. Younger children are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals and toxic air pollution so choosing a healthy day care or preschool is a must and gives your child a healthier start in life. Before you start your search, read our handy guide about how to choose a non-toxic day care for your child.

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Support Healthy School Policy

As a parent you should support national, state and local policy that mandate healthier, safer schools. During elections, pay attention to what candidates are saying about healthy schools. Support candidates who address, support and fund healthy school design and renovations, use of environmentally preferable materials, greener supplies and removal of harmful substances such as mold and PVC. Candidates you vote for should express concern for a parents “right to know” about school hazards. Go a step further by offering public testimony at local and state governmental levels and get students involved by encouraging them to write letters to campaigns to lobby local, state, or national policy decision-makers about specific school policy changes. Not sure where to start when it comes to non-toxic school policy? Try the following resources:

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