Wednesday, June 4, 2008

China Not Alone in School Safety Issue

If you are economically disadvantaged, Black or Hispanic, there is a strong probability that your child attends a school situated close to toxic chemicals or pollutants. Whether this is coincidence or by design, you should be familiar with emergency evacuation and protection procedures should there be an environmental accident. You also want to educate yourself on indoor air quality at your child's school and what may be put out into the air by nearby plants or landfills while your child is running around breathing in this air during recess. Many of these chemicals are linked to hyperactivity and respiratory problems in children. Hey! Guess what population suffers the most from these problems? Contact your local board of education for more specific information and raise any concerns you may have at monthly board and PTA meetings. Many unfortunate parents in China found out in the most painful manner possible, that the government was not always looking out for the best interests of their children. Don't let this be you.

Click here to check out an amazing map of toxic sites in your neighborhood.

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