Healthy Schools

Helping schools maintain a healthy environment for students, teachers, and staff is a priority for the State of Vermont. Chemicals used inside the school or on school grounds may contribute to poor indoor air quality (pollution) that can hurt student and teacher performance and result in missed school days. Poor indoor air quality can cause:

  • Eye, nose, and throat irritation
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Long-term conditions such as asthma and allergies

ATTENTION TEACHERS:
Disinfecting Wipes Flyer for Teachers
Thinking of requesting disinfecting wipes this fall? Disinfecting wipes, although easy to use, are generally not safe for classroom use. We’re asking teachers to think twice about putting these on your classroom request list this fall. Disinfecting wipes (e.g. Lysol and Clorox brands) contain harsh chemicals and have been linked to acute and chronic health issues. They can cause eye, skin and respiratory irritation.
Learn more about disinfecting wipes

Vermont offers programs and resources to improve and maintain healthy school environments. The School Environment Health Act (Act 125) aims to improve school indoor air quality, reduce exposures to hazardous materials, and help schools earn the Envision Certificate of Achievement.

The Envision Program – Promoting Healthy School Environments was created from Act 125. It helps schools identify, prevent, and problem-solve potential environmental health and indoor air quality issues by providing a model environmental health management plan and policy. Envision gives schools the tools, training, and technical assistance to create and maintain a healthier school environment.

Healthy schools are more than ensuring good indoor air quality in school buildings. Creating a healthy school includes reducing exposure to other toxic substances, particularly asbestos, lead, and radon.

Contact Information

Envision Program
Phone: 802-863-7220 or
800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont)
Fax: 802-863-7483

envision@vermont.gov

In This Section

The Envision Program – Promoting Healthy School Environments was created by the Legislature in 2000 as part of the School Environmental Health Act (Act 125) to address indoor air quality issues by providing model environmental health management plans, policies and guidance to schools.

The Asbestos Hazardous Emergency Response Act (AHERA) was established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect students, educators, and staff from exposure to asbestos in schools.

Implementing lead safety into school renovation plans and ensuring lead-free drinking water in schools are important in lowering the overall risk of being exposed to lead. 

For most school children and staff, the second largest contributor to their radon exposure is likely to be their school.

Envision best practices are intended to provide school administrators, nurses, maintenance, and building services staff with tools to use when planning for renovations, preventative maintenance, pest management and control, monitoring of drinking water, and other building activities.