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Susan Cousins, Bond Communications Specialist - 720-561-5793 (w), 720-935-2733 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
BOULDER – Starting this school year, parents will be asked to provide more information for health-related student absences when they contact the school to report their child will be out. A new voice message will greet parents calling the school attendance line and prompt them to choose from a list of possible health-related options for the absence. Parents also will have the option to use an online form posted on each school’s website. The data will be logged in a way that is not personally identifiable, and parents may choose not to provide specific reasons for the absence. BVSD is collecting health-related attendance data to understand how air quality may be affecting student health as part of a larger effort to improve indoor air quality in district schools. Last year, the district initiated a long-term project with the University of Tulsa to improve indoor air quality in BVSD schools. The project will involve collecting baseline indoor air quality and student health data from all schools which will be evaluated to make recommendations for building operations and occupant behavior and to identify facility renovations to improve indoor air quality. The timing of this project in conjunction with the bond-funded work in the Educational Facilities Master Plan (much of which will impact ventilation and indoor air quality) creates the opportunity to consider indoor air quality implications in designing projects and measure the effect of the renovation work on indoor environmental quality. For more information about BVSD’s air quality initiative, go to bvsd.org/airquality.
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