Le Programme
"Healthy
School" 
(École saine)
 

Suite à la récente
fermeture de
plusieurs écoles de
la province,
l’Association
pulmonaire du
Nouveau-Brunswick
a mis au point un
projet intitulé 
"The Healthy 
School Program"
(Programme des
écoles saines). 

Le but principal de 
ce programme est
d’améliorer l’école
dans son ensemble
afin de s’assurer
que les activités
humaines vont
rehausser le milieu
naturel, au lieu de
le diminuer. 
"Grâce à de bons
et solides
renseignements, 
es écoles
partenaires 
devraient être en
mesure de corriger
la plupart des
problèmes et de
maintenir un
environnement sain."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                      

The Healthy
School Program

   Alison Howells
   NB Lung Association
   February 2000

 

oor air quality is cited as a major factor in the quadrupling of childhood asthma rates since the 1970's. It is also a particular concern in many schools around the province. Substances such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), tobacco smoke, pesticides, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, mold, allergens, radon, mercury and dust have turned some schools into a breeding ground for asthma and poor examples of a safe and environmentally friendly venue.

It is for these reasons that the New Brunswick Lung Association has developed its Healthy School Program. Lung Association staff receive numerous calls and inquiries about environmental school problems from parents, teachers and administrators. New Brunswick has experienced a number of school closures around the province due mostly to air quality problems.

The overall aim of the project is to treat the school as a whole, improving both its outdoor and indoor environments, to ensure the school is a place where human activities enhance rather than degrade the natural setting, and where the quality of the built environment approaches that of the natural setting. The project focuses on infrastructure developments and involves all school partners: students, teachers, school administrators, custodians, school bus drivers and parents.

This two-year initiative will also strive to utilize community-based social marketing techniques to identify materials and strategies that will not only increase people's understanding and identification of actual and potential environmental problems, but will motivate them to solve problems, and maintain and improve their existing environment.

The Healthy School Program plans to develop a comprehensive Tool Kit to connect people's concern with their health and air quality, to other environment initiatives, such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, sustainable transportation methods and green landscaping in a public school setting.

In its first year, the project will focus on the development and test piloting of materials and strategies that will be used to enhance a school's infrastructure in one school in the Fredericton area. Priestman Street Elementary School has been selected for the pilot project. Successful materials and proven strategies will then be developed into a comprehensive Tool Kit in a hard copy and an online format.

Year two of the project will involve a province-wide implementation program involving regional workshops, along with an on-line "Ask An Expert" and 1-800 assistance programs. Additionally, an intensive media campaign will be carried out to promote project initiatives. The Tool Kit test piloted in Year One will help other schools to audit, improve and monitor their environments. All materials will be made available in both official languages. Through the regional workshops, a minimum of 20 schools will be closely guided and encouraged to maintain a "healthy school".

In order to improve the outdoor and indoor environments of schools, custodians, teachers, students, parents and administrators need to fully understand their indoor and outdoor environments. There is a need for a common sense guide designed to help school partners prevent and solve the majority of outdoor and indoor environmental health problems with minimal cost and involvement. Armed with good, solid information, school partners should be able to rectify most problems and maintain a healthy environment. *


(photo: NB Lung Association)