Health

Best Practices for Reducing Near-Road Pollution

Road Traffic Air Pollution Reduction Strategies This 16 pp  publication published by the EPA can help school communities identify strategies for reducing traffic-related pollution exposure at schools located downwind from highways, along corridors with significant trucking traffic, or near other traffic or vehicular pollution sources. Many of these strategies are already being used by schools across…

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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

Recently, there has been mounting concern in our school communities about Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This page will summarize the precautions your district should take and provide a summary of reference resources available. Schools Should: Instruct students and staff to thoroughly wash their hands and keep cuts, sores and other open wounds covered with a…

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Asthma – United States EPA

A comprehensive review of managing asthma in the school environment can be found at the United States Environmental Protection Agency website, click here to visit site. Review of site will provide: Take Action to Manage Asthma in the School Environment 1.Establish and Continuously Evaluate an Indoor Air Quality – IAQ – Management Program in Your…

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EPA on Drinking Water

This one-stop EPA site provides information about drinking water quality in schools and child care facilities. Ensuring drinking water quality at these facilities is important because that’s where children spend their day, and they are likely to drink water while they are there. Consuming enough fluids on a daily basis is important for children’s health.…

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AED

Public Access Defibrillation NYS Public Health Law amended legislation regarding AED signage Public Access Defibrillation mandated locations

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Would Your School Kitchens Pass or Fail?

This article was originally published in NYSIR News Summer 2010 The health inspector (or county sanitarian) visits school district kitchens periodically to make sure institutional kitchen regulations are being enforced. The district food service manager should always be on site when the inspector is in the food service area to answer any questions that arise. …

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Preventing Educator Sexual Misconduct

Originally published in NYSIR News Summer 2013 NYSIR Forum on Best Practices and Sexual-boundary Ethics A startling 4.5 million students in U.S. schools are subjected to sexual abuse by teachers and other school employees over the course of their K-12 educations, according to risk management and academic experts, who agree that transparency, professional training and…

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