Safe and healthy school environments

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2007 Apr;54(2):351-73, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2007.01.005.


Children spend much of their waking time at school. Many of the factors in the school environment can be improved with careful planning and allocation of resources. The pediatrician, as a child advocate, is in an excellent position to influence the allocation of school resources to improve the educational outcome. This article summarizes some of the current understanding gathered from applying an environmental health approach to the school setting and provides a basis for the interested physician and other child advocate to learn more and get involved.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Welfare* / statistics & numerical data
  • Crowding
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Environmental Exposure / prevention & control
  • Environmental Health / organization & administration*
  • Food Services
  • Health Planning
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Humidity / adverse effects
  • Interior Design and Furnishings
  • Lighting / adverse effects
  • Noise / adverse effects
  • Pediatrics / organization & administration
  • Play and Playthings
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*
  • School Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Temperature
  • Transportation
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Wounds and Injuries / prevention & control