Heavy Metal High School: As evidence mounts of health hazards at many U.S. schools, parents are increasingly frustrated by the difficulty in keeping their kids' learning environments safe. (Newsweek, September 30, 2010) This is a "must read" Newsweek story for parents concerned about the safety of their children while at school.
Author J. Lester Feder writes, "tales of schools rife with mold and toxins from building materials, as well as schools built on former industrial sites or in the shadow of chemical factories, can be found all across the country."
In his Newsweek story, Feder quotes a shocking report by Healthy School Network Director Claire Barnett, a leader in improving the environmental conditions of our nations' schools. Barnett reveals that no one is in charge of protecting children from toxic and hazardous substances while at schools.
Your child is more likely to be harmed by toxins and hazardous substances at school than by violent crime. If your child is harmed, there is no agency to investigate and no agency with authority to demand that the school and or contractor reveal the names of products nor the names of chemicals. Schools officials are not required to tell parents if your child has been exposed to dangerous fumes or environmental conditions or hazardous products.
If you were not aware of the numbers, be sure to check my website list of this years news accounts of the thousands of schools across the country dealing with toxic exposures and toxic injuries to children and personnel. <https://sites.google.com/site/nancyswan/interests/healthy-schools-healthy-children/news>