State law encourages districts to address air quality issues in schools.
2017 Tennessee Code Annotated 49-2-121. Inspection and evaluation program for indoor air quality in schools.
(a) Each LEA is encouraged to conduct an inspection and evaluation program, such as the environmental protection agency's indoor air quality tools for schools program, for its facilities. Such program may include, but shall not be limited to, the following measures:
- (1) Ensuring that an adequate amount of outdoor air is being supplied;
- (2) Testing for radon;
- (3) Separating students and staff from construction and renovation areas;
- (4) Reducing use of products, such as adhesives, floor-care products and pesticides that require ventilation during use; and
- (5) Maintaining relative humidity to an appropriate level during hot and humid summers.
(b) School districts and schools shall encourage:
- (1) The scheduling of maintenance, cleaning, and repair projects and other works that trigger indoor air pollutants, environmental safety and other pollution concerns in schools at times when students and teachers will not be impacted through chemicals, fumes, exhaust fumes from cars and school buses, room fresheners, aerosol sprays and other chemicals and health damaging elements and particulate matter;
- (2) The application of products in a manner that conforms to regulations and safety recommendations; and
- (3) The protection of children from the exposure of health harming substances and chemicals at school.