Categories: General
      Date: Sep 24, 2013
     Title: How Healthy is your Classroom?

How Schools all across the country took part in Healthy Schools Day on April 30, 2013.  There’s still time to take some actions and make progress before the end of the school year. What will you do in your building to make a difference?

As a teacher you have control over your classroom environment. Check out these ideas for Ideas for keeping your room green and healthy!



How Schools all across the country took part in Healthy Schools Day on April 30, 2013.  There’s still time to take some actions and make progress before the end of the school year. What will you do in your building to make a difference?

As a teacher you have control over your classroom environment. Check out these ideas for Ideas for keeping your room green and healthy!

  1. Download and review your school Environmental Audit/Inspection from the school website (on BPS.org) to understand what improvements could be made in the building.
  2. Keep the pests and dust out by keeping your room clutter and food free.
  3. Regularly report signs of pests in the Integrated Pest Management log, which is typically in the main office.
  4. Start or join your school based Wellness Council or Environmental Committee to raise environmental health and green school topics.
  5. Clean the “green” way. Ask your custodian for a spray bottle with the approved green cleaner.
  6. Keep blinds up to let daylight in which helps students stay alert.
  7. Educate yourself by taking the Center for Green Schools, Green Classroom Professional Certificate course - $30 for BPS teachers.

Article was written by:
Phoebe Beierle, Green Schools Fellow, Boston Public Schools and
Tolle Graham, Labor Environment Coordinator, MassCOSH (MA Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health) a member of the Boston Healthy Homes and Schools Collaborative and BPS Healthy Schools Taskforce (HST), has partnered with BPS to develop and foster healthy school models to address school building conditions that affect health and learning for over twelve years.