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We are a grassroots group of parents, grandparents, citizens and students who believe that it is fundamental to provide children with a toxin free and environmentally safe space and better indoor air quality where ever they play, learn, eat and sleep, including also their time away from home, at daycare, school etc.
Since 2007, and then officially so from 2011 onward, we have been heavily invested in educating school administrators, school board members and legislators in Tennessee, by suggesting, promoting and passing school policies, state legislation to make learning spaces
for children environmentally safer in Tennessee and suggested ready available low-cost solutions. In addition we promote environmental health events for schools, locally, state wide and nationally in partnership with Healthy Schools Network, Albany, N.Y. and the Coalition for Healthier Schools
Since 2013 we have passed policies in our local school district and on a state level we passed many proclamations, resolutions, bills for better indoor air quality in schools with the bi-partisan help of our Tennessee Legislators in the Tennessee General Assembly, to bring positive changes for environmentally safer learning spaces for our students in Tennessee's public schools. We have been assisting parents and students with their concerns and advocate for and with them locally and state wide in Tennessee seeking to find viable solutions.
Special recognition to some like-minded allies, with whom we advocated for healthier learning spaces for children in the past, goes also to several local state environmental health organizations; the American Lung Association, SOCM, Good Works of Leiper's Fork, and the instrumental guidance of Mr. Bruce Wood, President of B.U.R.N.T., and the nationwide organization Healthy Schools Network, Albany, N.Y. with 60 other organizations from across America.
It has been a privilege to have received the National Healthy Schools ~Hero~ 2019 award from the Healthy Schools Network, Albany, N.Y., by Mrs. Claire Barnett and the current Board of Directors, with which organization our grassroots group has partnered with since 2014 to promote environmental health and better school indoor air quality and solutions for this common mission, by educating school districts and elected officials, citizens through national yearly events, together with more than 60 organizations, part of the Healthy Schools Coalition.
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OP-ED for National Healthy Schools Day
For Immediate Release;
National Healthy Schools Day 2020, April 7th
Promoted by grassroots group “Parents For Students Safety” in Tennessee
In the week of April 6th, 2020
On the Pandemic Frontline: Children, Families and Schools
Annual day of advocacy for schools has never been more important
What will schools be like when children and staff return? Will facilities be safe and
healthy? What lessons will carry forward from this experience?
The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for school district leaders as they work tirelessly to ensure all students are healthy and can continue learning during school closures; support staff and communities through new uncertainties; and make sure that learning facilities will be safe for students when it’s time to reopen building doors. We're proud to honor the incredible work school business leaders everywhere are doing to protect students and families on National Healthy Schools Day!
National Healthy Schools Day (NHSD) event participants, including our grassroots group “Parents For Students Safety” ( www.parentsforstudentssafety.org ) here in Tennessee, calls attention to the unique opportunity presented by empty schools for administrators, teachers, staff, elected officials, parents and community members. In honor and for the promotion of this yearly event in Tennessee, our grassroots group “Parents For Students Safety” has submitted again a House Joint Resolution HJR0696 in commemoration for National Healthy Schools Day 2020 and was passed in our Tennessee Legislature with the help of all our Legislators in March 2020.
Adopting safer ways of cleaning/disinfecting by using less toxic products and executing renovation/remedial/construction work by not exposing children and others in a school to it all, makes as much sense as deep cleaning to stop the spread of germs and viruses, as it is the case at present.
Schools play myriad of roles in their communities, because they provide care for our children, jobs, and they offer public spaces and services as central hubs in our communities and parents want to entrust their children into a safe place.
Valuable insights on less toxic cleaning/disinfecting resources can be found on the website of the organization “Healthy Schools Network”( http://healthyschools.org/Cleaning-For-Healthy-Schools/ ), the national sponsor for the “National Healthy Schools Day” and with whom our grassroots group Parents For Students Safety of Tennessee has partnered for the past 6 years to promote the event in Tennessee, to advocate for this important safety aspect also this year for a healthier future for students.
Information about National Healthy Schools Day 2020 (NHSD) available on the national event sponsor’s website at www.NationalHealthySchoolsDay.org and contact NHSD Coordinator Alex Naidoo firstname.lastname@example.org for a complete event action list suggested for the week of April 6, 2020.
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