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Is Your Neighborhood School....Safe?

With parental support, schools can green waste management, landscaping, energy use, and shield children from regional environmental pollutants.

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california business solutions "Most parents understand that pesticides are part of modern life, that many are hazardous, and that it’s important to protect children from them. What most of us don’t know is that while we’re being so careful to avoid dangerous chemicals at home, our children may be exposed to high levels of them every day at school," states an article ab out Robina Suwol, founder of California Safe Schools.

Pesticides, cleaning products, herbicides, fertilizers, paint, nearby agricultural sprays, industrial chemicals, waste materials, particulate matter from nearby highways...all these chemicals and pollutants are can be part of your child's day at school. The question is, are they being managed properly to safeguard your child's health, attention, and development?

Research is finding that a child is not a miniature adult -- a child is much more sensitive because they breathe faster and deeper, they are more active, they are growing rapidly so they require more water and food per pound. They are truly living sponges in their environment.

California Safe Schools is a nonprofit in Los Angeles that focus on IPM: Integrated Pest Management.

Studies show that pesticides can harm children’s health. Yet across the country, kids are being exposed to high levels of dangerous chemicals at school. California Safe Schools has gathered a number of reports that provide the scope of the problem...and solutions. You can find some of these health reports on their website.

If you are concerned about healthy environments for your local schools, you can help clean them up. One at a time. The information and advice you can find at California Safe Schools is a good place to start. With parental support, schools can green waste management, landscaping, energy use, and shield children from regional environmental pollutants.

It is the policy of the Los Angeles Unified School District (District) to practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM). All aspects of this program will be in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations, and county ordinances. All District policies must conform to this IPM policy.

Pesticides pose risks to human health and the environment, with special risks to children. It is recognized that pesticides cause adverse health effects in humans such as cancer, neurological disruption, birth defects, genetic alteration, reproductive harm, immune system dysfunction, endocrine disruption and acute poisoning. Pests will be controlled to protect the health and safety of students and staff, maintain a productive learning environment and maintain the integrity of school buildings and grounds. Pesticides will not be used to control pests for aesthetic reasons alone. The safety and health of students, staff and the environment will be paramount.

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