Allergens are very problematic in schools. Indeed, there are many airborne allergens, both indoor and out, that are present in schools. These allergens make the symptoms of those with allergies much worse.
These allergens also decrease air quality, which can cause a variety of physical symptoms, even in those who are otherwise healthy. Student performance can also decrease.
With all of this in mind, here is how to deal with airborne allergens in schools:
Choose The Right Filter (And Change It Regularly)
There are a lot of air filters on the market today, but not all are capable of removing allergens from the air. When it comes to allergies, it’s important to choose a HEPA filter, which stands for High Efficiency Particulate Air.
HEPA filters are very powerful filters, capable of trapping 99.97% of particles in the air even those that are as small as 0.3 microns in size.
Not only can they remove very small particles but they can also remove allergens like dust, pollen and dander – all common allergens in schools.
Of course, not only is it important to choose the right filter but it is equally important to ensure that the filter is changed regularly (as often as indicated by the manufacturer).
Assuming that pollen levels are not high outdoors, it is a good idea to keep windows open to allow for the air to circulate throughout the school.
Remove Carpet/Upholstered Furniture
While carpet and upholstered furniture can be common in lower level elementary classrooms, both can house a lot of different allergens, including dust mites and animal dander.
In the case of animal dander, it is very common for children who have pets at home to transfer dander to carpets and upholstered furniture at school.
As such, if you want to keep these allergens to a minimum, it is best to remove or at least minimize carpet and upholstered furniture as much as possible.
Choose Classroom Pets Wisely
While classroom pets can be particularly common in lower-level elementary classes, the problem is that they can introduce a lot of pet dander into the classroom (and the rest of the school).
As such, it is a good idea to carefully consider the types of pets that are allowed in the classroom. Pets are a great addition to any classroom but it’s important to choose them carefully.
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