Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success


Foundations for Student Success: How School Buildings Influence Student Health, Thinking and Performance

This report, Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success was researched and produced by the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health under the direction of Dr. Joseph Allen. Our goal is to improve the lives of all people, in all buildings, everywhere,...Read more

Main Argument

The authors structure their argument around three metrics: student health, student thinking, and student performance. They define these as follows:

  • Student health: the overall physical
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Scale of the Issue Pt. 2

"Millions of K–12 students in America spend several hours a day learning in schools that are more than 50 years old and in need of extensive repair and where children may be exposed to mold, poor...Read more

Missing Data and Regulation

"School facilities represent the second largest sector of U.S. public infrastructure spending after highways, and yet no comprehensive national data source exists on K–12 public school...Read more

School Buildings and Climate Change

"Higher temperatures not only increase levels of ozone and other air pollutants that exacerbate cardiovascular and respiratory illness, but they can also increase levels of pollen and airborne...Read more

Chronic Environmental Hazards

"The chronic impacts of a poor school environment often do not get the same type of attention as cases like these, because the links between building quality and health are subtler and less overt...Read more

External Factors

"We recognize that beyond the four walls of the school building there are many environmental and social contexts that can adversely affect students’ well-being and undermine their academic...Read more