indoor air quality
How can Schools Improve Indoor Air Quality to Reduce Absenteeism?
Bart Lane
Bart Lane
Vice President, Facilities Management Business Development Sodexo

Absenteeism results in lost learning opportunities for students and teachers. For students, a missed day can mean missing out on learning something new and falling behind. For teachers, a missed day means lost chances to educate or inspire many young minds. Illness due to colds, flu and respiratory conditions are common reasons students and teachers miss school. Respiratory sensitivities such as asthma, which is the number one childhood health disparity, account for a significant portion of absenteeism in students (10 million school days annually according to the American Lung Association). (more…)

Schools Health & Wellbeing
It’s Not the Pollen Count That’s Making You Miserable
Joseph Albright
Joseph Albright
Vice President, Technical Services,
K12 Schools, Sodexo North America

Do you blame the pollen count for your coughing, sneezing and stuffy nose? Do you track the pollen count and stay indoors on heavy pollen days? I hate to tell you, but the quality of air inside of buildings, where people spend about 90 percent of their time, is even more important to your health. Ironically, according to the EPA, indoor air can be two to five times more polluted—and in some cases up to 100 times more polluted—than outdoor air. This is a significant issue in schools, where exposure to allergens, such as dust mites, pests and molds can trigger asthma symptoms. (more…)