Schools should be safe places to learn and work, but in many cases, they are anything but. Some common hazards include:

      Lead in paint and water

      Mercury in flooring

      Excessive heat

These conditions can have a direct impact on staff and student health. Unhealthy schools cause asthma, allergies, headaches, fatigue, nausea, rashes, and chronic illnesses; more medication use by children and staff; learning and behavior difficulties; greater liability for school districts; and lower achievement.

Come learn how parents and school staff together can become part of the solution!

In addition to presentations on mercury, lead and temperature, breakout sessions will cover:

      Inequality in Education

      School Health & Safety

        ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

A panel discussion will also be held on Healthy Schools Now success stories.

The workshop is scheduled for March 14, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at NJEA headquarters, located 180 West State Street, Trenton. Set your GPS for 100 Capitol Street, Trenton to be guided directly to the parking lot behind the building at the second-floor entrance.

Register at bit.ly/2O5Gsdk. (Note that bit.ly links are case-sensitive and that the “O” in the URL is the letter O.)

For more information, contact Heather Sorge, Healthy Schools Now Campaign Organizer, NJ Work Environment Council at 908-310–7874 or HSorge@njwec.org.

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