Why do  IAQ Tools  for Schools?......

                         TOOLS  FOR SCHOOLS  WORKS/
  According to a study by the CT Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), up to 70% of CT
  schools have indoor air  quality (IAQ) problems.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  (EPA) IAQ Tools for Schools (TfS) program can help  address these problems.  During the past 7
  years, there have been many accomplishments contributing towards improved IEQ and health in
  CT schools after TfS was implemented.  Here are just some of these accomplishments.

    Connecticut  IAQ  TfS  Success  Stories

     •   Reduction of 74% in the number of IAQ health complaints in one elementary school,
         from 152 to 40 the year after TfS was implemented.
     •   Decrease in IAQ health complaints of 66% or greater in 9 out of 13 elementary
         classrooms which was representative of the other district schools.
     »   Absenteeism cut by more than half after TfS was implemented in one elementary
         school, from 484  days to 203 days in one year.
     •   Marked decrease in the use of student inhalers
  North Haven
     »   Decrease of 48% (256) in number of reported cases of respiratory-related illnesses.
     »   Number of clinic visits decreased by 4,978 (11%) two years after TfS was implemented.
     •   Number of asthma-related health office visits decreased dramatically over a period of
         4 years from 463 before TfS to 82 after major TfS recommendations implemented.
     •   Decrease in health office visits related to headaches, dizziness and sinus difficulties
         (students and staff).
     •   Number of asthma incidents declined 21.2 %, from 11,334 to 8929 in one year, after
         TfS was implemented in most schools.
     •   Improvements to school buildings that included: carpet replaced with tile, elimination of
         area rugs, repair of leaking pipes, new roofs and roof repairs, and cleaning boiler rooms.
  Amity Region 5
     •  Reduction in number of IAQ complaints from 70 (2003-2004) to 3 (2005-2006).

Schools are saving money: The CT Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA), a CT insurance
provider, reviewed 47 member school districts with TfS. Fifteen districts (32%), saw a decrease in
IAQ claims frequency. The average decrease was 3.6 claims. The severity of claims decreased 87%,
for a total savings of $56,705.

For more information about the EPA IAQ Tools for Schools Program in Connecticut, contact
Kenny Foscue at 860-509-7740 or kenny.foscue@ct.gov.

       National  IAQ  TfS  Success  Stories

More than 30,000 schools nationwide are managing IAQ and seeing results	

Improved Health Outcomes
•  A reduction in IAQ complaints from one per month to three per year. (Shamona Creek
   Elementary School, PA)

•  A 25 percent reduction in the number of visits to the school nurse with complaints of stomach
   aches and headaches within the first 5 months of implementation of TfS (Little Harbour School,

•  A 50 percent reduction in visits to the office for the use of asthma inhalers (G.W. Carver
   Elementary School, CA).

•  A reduction from 75 complaints related to health and faulty equipment to fewer that 15 from
   1994—1999 (Okaloosa County School District FL).

Cost Savings

•  Since the implementation of TfS in 1998, only $400 has been spent on IAQ consultants, as
   compared to an estimated $250,000 prior to 1997. (Hillsborough County Public School District,

•  Nearly $100,000 was spent to correct mold and flooding problems before TfS, after which
   minimal investment solved IAQ problems uncovered while implementing TfS. (Janvier
   Elementary School NJ).
•  An analysis showed that if an elementary school had spent $364 per year on preventive
   maintenance, $1.6 million in  repairs could have been avoided. (Washington DC)

Good Public Relations

•  "We received some great press from implementing the TfS Kit—the local newspapers wrote
   several articles about our Health School Team (District Health Official, Boston, MA).

Other Considerations

•  A recent critical review of the literature confirms that poor IAQ in schools adversely impacts
   student health and productivity.  Poor IAQ can reduce academic performance by 2 to, as much
   as,  6 percent. (Mendell & Heath, 2005; Indoor Air;  15 (l):27-52).

•  There is a significant relationship between facility condition and student achievement, based on
   test scores in 139 public schools in math, science, language and social studies. (Milwaukee, WI)

School nurse and TfS coordinator: "We continue to have a Tools for Schools team in place and are
performing the Tools for Schools program again this year. I am a believer in Tools for Schools, as
this program has no doubt benefited our schools and students."
Source: Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation Indoor Environments
Division, Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program: Benefits of Improving Air Quality in the School
Environment, EPA 402-K-02-005, February 2003.