Indoor air quality and student performance

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Taking clean air to the classroom, Molly Greco, a Speech Pathologist at Chicago Public Schools, recently added a Blueair Pro M air purifier to her room to help eliminate the airborne pollutants affecting her students. Poor indoor air quality in the classroom reduces student's ability to complete tasks that require everything from concentration and calculation to memory, and is rarely monitored in the school environment.

"The Blueair purifier creates a safer environment for my co-workers, students and myself."

When asked about Blueair, Greco stated, “I understand the importance behind air quality. The air that we breathe is like gasoline we put in our car. If you want a high performance car, it needs premium gas to be more efficient, last longer and perform better. Same goes for children and adults with air quality and its impact on learning and wellness. The Blueair purifier creates a safer environment for my co-workers, students and myself by reducing air contamination that make us sick and unable to perform at our best. I look forward to seeing the positive impact of cleaner air in students’ therapy and academic progress."

Chicago Public Schools Speech Pathologist Molly Greco provides speech therapy to about 60 students ages three to 18 during the year and knows clean indoor air makes a better working and learning environment for faculty and students.

Air quality & absenteeism

At its worst, poor air quality takes students out of the classroom. While an air purifier in the classroom can be an easy way to remove airborne bacteria and viruses to prevent the spread of colds and flu, student absences due to respiratory infections and asthma that are most closely linked with poor indoor air quality and chronic absenteeism in schools. According to the CDC, asthma-related illness is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism, accounting for over 14 million missed school days per year. Monitoring and improving indoor air to reduce student absenteeism due to illness can directly improve a student's overall performance and can indicate future academic success.

Adequate air ventilation & source control

One step to improving indoor air quality in schools is to improve building ventilation. A prevalent issue in schools, the California Energy Commission reports that ventilation rates in most schools are below recommended levels, both in the United States and in Europe. In fact, in a California study, one in every three schools had ventilation rates that were less than half the recommended levels. In schools where ventilation isn't monitored, opening windows periodically can help balance the flow of outdoor air inside to improve air quality. In addition, removing pollution sources can greatly increase air quality indoors. Common sources of pollution in schools include toxic cleaners, paints and materials with formaldehyde. You can find technological solutions specific to air quality in schools from the EPA here. On top of these efforts, using an air purifier, like the Blueair Pro M, to eliminate 99.97% of airborne pollutants makes maintaining optimal air quality levels in the classroom easy.

Learn more about indoor air quality and schools at: https://www.epa.gov/iaq-schools

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