Air Quality In Schools
Good air quality in the classroom is absolutely vital for children’s health, well being and learning performance. Some schools have carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors in the classroom spaces. Whilst CO2 alarms are useful as a broad indicator, staff very seldom know the concentration level which triggers an alarm – or indeed what remedial action to take. Nor can they correlate a real time change in children’s concentration or learning patterns with rising levels of CO2.
In many locations, particularly near major thoroughfares, air can also be seriously polluted with particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide. Both of these pollutants are known to have a major impact on long term health – with children particularly vulnerable to the point that pollution impairs the development of young lungs.
The advances in studying the impact of poor air quality in schools is gaining considerable momentum – and within the next 3 years it is highly probable that teaching staff will need to become objectively familiar with the correlation between air quality and children’s behaviour and cognitive performance in the learning process.