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For Children, Health, Environment, Education, & Communities

Founded in 1995, Healthy Schools Network is an award-winning 501(c)3 that has fostered the national healthy school environments movement. 

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Protecting Californians From Extreme Heat

California’s best climate science projects that every corner of our state will be impacted in years and decades to come by higher average temperatures and more frequent and severe heat waves.

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Arizona’s Extreme Heat Preparedness Plan

The summer of 2023 was the hottest summer in Arizona ever recorded, and every day people in our state were put in harm’s way because of it.

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New York State’s Extreme Heat Action Plan

The New York State Extreme Heat Action Plan provides a roadmap for whole-of-State-government action, starting with 49 initiatives by 29 State agencies and authorities to address extreme heat and help communities adapt.

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What You Can Do

What to Think About

First, visit your school. See our Tips for School Building Visits and Tours 

Your school has environmental problems if:

  • Personnel and or students have health problems when they are in the building 
  • The roof leaks or the building or its site has been flooded
  • The building is new or newly renovated and still smells like paint, varnish, or glue
  • or there was a chemical spill at school
  • The building smells damp or musty or smells like sewage
  • Your child has health or learning problems ONLY during school days
  • Hint: track your child’s symptoms on a calendar
  • The building and grounds are routinely treated with disinfectants or pesticides/herbicides
Start a Local Group

If your school does not have or decides not to appoint a healthy schools committee that represents parents and staff, start your own committee. 

  • Local groups do not need to be incorporated, but groups need to stick together and speak with one voice.
  • As a group, pick the issues you want to work on first. Your mission: every child and school employee should have an environmentally safe and healthy school.
  • Ask others to join. Investigate together, and share information with your group.
  • Write letters about the issue (what it is, the impact, how to fix, request written response), keep copies, and track responses.
  • See change happen. Celebrate.
  • Say thank you!

Common starting issues: eliminate toxic products; stop bus idling; improve indoor air quality/ventilation; reduce dampness and stop molds; eliminate lead in paint and water.

Start a State Coalition
Call Healthy Schools Network for advice on establishing a multi-stakeholder coalition and preparing an agenda for root policy reforms.

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Claire L. Barnett
Founder and Executive Director

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Communications and NYS Policy

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