Sick School Buildings (Indoor Air Quality)



Sick School Buildings (Indoor Air Quality)

Goal: CEA is actively pursuing legislation to address matters related to infrastructure issues, including, but not limited to, acceptable temperature and humidity levels and the accumulation of dust and mold that contribute to poor indoor air quality issues. CEA is proposing legislation that:

  • Establishes school temperature limits between 65 and 76 degrees and require closings if limits are exceeded.
  • Requires HVAC and Air-Quality Monitoring based on DPH standards.
  • Requires procedures for reporting and addressing “sick building” concerns

Teachers and Students Suffering from Nausea, Lung Disease, Sinus Infections, Headaches, Coughs, Asthma, and Other Illnesses Due to Sick Schools

Teachers urge legislators to pass HB 5431 to improve indoor air quality in Connecticut classrooms


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Teachers describe classroom conditions, saying they're falling apart

A topic focused on in the exclusive teacher survey on Channel 3 was the condition of schools across the state.


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NBC CT Investigates: Teachers Concerned of 'Old, Sick Buildings'

#IsMySchoolSick? Watch Manchester teacher Kate Dias and CEA Legal Counsel Melanie Kolek explain what's making our students and teachers sick.


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Teachers describe classroom conditions, saying they're falling apart

“From Stamford to Manchester and towns in between, teachers have been reporting illnesses related to environmental problems within their schools,” says CEA President Jeff Leake. “There’s black mold, rodent droppings, extreme heat and cold temperatures, dust, asbestos, and other issues that are putting our students and teachers at risk every day.”


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HB 5431: An Act Concerning Indoor Air Quality in Schools


Read testimony from CEA before the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus.

Testimony of Denise Tickell
Teacher in the Orange Public School System
Testimony of Dinie James
Counselor in the Stamford Public Schools
Testimony of Janet Inzitari
Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools
Testimony of Jessica Reap
Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools
Testimony of Joe Celcis
Teacher at Westhill High School
Testimony of Kristen Ann Record
Teacher in the Stratford Public Schools
Testimony of Kris R. Samuelson
Teacher in the Fairfield Public Schools
Testimony of Melanie Kolek
Legal Counsel for Connecticut Education Association
Testimony of Melanie Rakoczy
Teacher in the Stamford Public Schools

View All 2020 Testimony


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