Schools need better protection against airborne infections: USGBC

May 9, 2022

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The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has identified the need to better support school districts with implementation of airborne infection control strategies.. Photo courtesy USGBC

The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has identified the need to better support school districts with implementation of airborne infection control strategies.

Building on a previous report from April 2021, Managing Air Quality in the Pandemic: How K-12 Schools Addressed Air Quality in the Second Year of COVID-19 highlights the need to better support school districts with implementation of airborne infection control strategies. The goal is to support mitigation of the immediate COVID-19 threat, as well as future pandemics and seasonal epidemics, and to improve overall indoor air quality (IAQ).

“Maintaining good indoor air quality is vital to support the health and wellness of students and faculty,” said Anisa Heming, director for the Center for Green Schools. “School districts recognize proper ventilation is critical to curbing the spread of airborne diseases like COVID-19. However, more than two years into the pandemic, they still need support to find the right strategies and resources to make the necessary changes.”

The report shows schools prioritized increasing outdoor air intake by all means available and reflects on the evolution of the pandemic and how schools have responded.

The Center for Green Schools report also highlights strategies and challenges from school districts serving more than 2.6 million students in over 4000 schools. Major findings in the report include:

The full report is available here[2].

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/BC_AirQuality.jpg
  2. here: https://build.usgbc.org/e/413862/ressed-air-quality-second-year/xqwbjc/1751479570?h=lH55M79Wrsc4M-zktCu2c1TAKTawRng8RbXz9px6XHw

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