News for Spring 2014
News for Spring 2014
2014 National Healthy Schools Day - April 8
Statewide Celebration Event
Amity Region 5 School District
National Healthy Schools Day is a national movement that works to improve schools’ indoor air quality (IAQ), as it adversely impacts predominantly women and children. School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Each school day, 55 million children and 7 million adults — 20 percent of the total U.S. population and 98 percent of all children—spend their days inside school buildings.
This year, the CT Department of Public Health-led CT School Indoor Environment Resource Team (CSIERT), a consortium of over 23 agencies and organizations that assists schools to implement and maintain the EPA Tools for Schools (TfS) program in the state, is sponsoring an event to highlight how CT schools have successfully worked to improve the indoor air quality. The event will be held on April 8 at 1:30 pm at Amity High School, part of Region 5 School District, in Woodbridge. Amity Regional High School is located at 25 Newton Rd in Woodbridge, CT. Amity High School and other schools in the district had multiple IAQ problems and received much negative media coverage several years ago. The District, with great leadership from the business manager, facilities director and others turned the situation around using Tools for Schools, and won two prestigious national EPA awards. Region 5 is now known as a leader in comprehensively addressing school indoor environmental quality problems.
Speakers from the Region 5 school district, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the CT Department of Public Health will address the actions the district took to improve their school environment by using the TfS program. In addition, a Special Recognition Award will be given to John Laudano, a sanitarian from the Quinnipiack Valley Health District for his exceptional support to the schools in the implementation of TfS. Event attendees and media representatives will also be invited to a walkthrough of the school that will illustrate the actions taken that resulted in major improvements in the indoor air quality at the high school. This walkthrough will be co-led by the school principal and a student.