Saturday, May 23, 2015

Are Schools Making Kids Sick?

Removed classroom wall at Jenny Lind Elementary
First Posted February 2013
Our local school district (Calaveras Unified School District) is not immune to the health issues and risks discussed in the CNN report --"Toxic America"--presented below.

At Jenny Lind Elementary an entire wall was removed and rebuilt on a 24 year old portable classroom that had been severely damaged from a leaking roof. (Portable Classroom #53)

Similarly, a number of the portable classrooms on the Jenny Lind Elementary school campus have original carpeting ... dating back to 1988.




"Children are particularly at risk because their bodies
are still developing and they breathe in more air,
pound for pound, than adults."

Are Schools Making Kids Sick?
By David S. Martin, CNN
updated 5:29 PM EST, Sat January 14, 2012 

(CNN) -- As a third-grader in Winsted, Connecticut, last year, Matthew Asselin was sick -- a lot. He was lethargic and plagued with a persistent wet cough, respiratory infections and painful headaches.

As the school year wound down, Matthew's health worsened. He was out for two weeks in the spring with pneumonia and then developed a sinus infection so severe he needed to spend the night at the hospital, where he received intravenous antibiotics and breathing treatments.

In all, Matthew missed 53 days of school.But over the summer, a strange thing happened. Matthew was healthy. He was energetic. He could ride his bike for hours at a time.

"When we put him back in school this year, within three weeks, he missed 10 days with a respiratory infection," Melissa Asselin said. That's when Matthew's mother had an a-ha moment.

"When he was out of school, he was well. When he was in school, he became ill," Asselin said.

Matthew's parents concluded that the 9-year-old's school, Hinsdale Elementary, was making their son sick.

Click on link below to follow remainder of CNN report:
http://www.cnn.com/2012/01/14/health/school-indoor-air-pollution



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