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Everybody Has Homework on Healthy Schools - New DVD and Other Resources Available to Help Parents, Communities Make the Grade

Release Date: 04/30/2007
Contact Information: Enesta Jones, (202) 564-4355 / jones.enesta@epa.gov

(4/30/07) Children are considered by most health experts to be among the most vulnerable to environmental threats. National Healthy Schools Day is April 30 and on this day, EPA is reminding communities to get involved with their schools to ensure that their facilities are not putting children at risk.

To help with such efforts, EPA is releasing a new, free DVD, "What Your School or Child Care Facility Should Know About Lead in Drinking Water" and a new document, "Water Quality Funding Sources for Schools – A Resource for K-12 and Child Care Facilities." These materials explain how schools and child care facilities can test for lead in drinking water; report results to parents, students, staff, and other interested parties; and fund actions to address environmental issues in their facilities.

EPA has also developed a wide range of programs and tools, such as the HealthySeat program, dedicated to preventing or resolving environmental issues in schools.

More information on the drinking water resources: epa.gov/safewater/schools/guidance.html

More information on the Healthy Schools Web Portal: epa.gov/schools