SAN ANTONIO — North East Independent School District (NEISD) was awarded the Model of Sustained Indoor Air Quality Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency''s (EPA) Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, according to the San Antonio Business Journal.
NEISD received the award for its participation in the EPA''s Tools For Schools program, the article noted.
The award honors schools and districts that have demonstrated a sustained commitment to indoor air quality management and to promoting student and staff health, the article stated.
According to the article, the school district has reduced airborne environmental triggers by building two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified schools, air conditioning all gyms, using modern-fuel efficient buses, implementing a school waste-recycling program and developing a Healthy Lifestyles curriculum that is mandated for a graduation requirement with this year''s freshman.
The district also created its own health check accountability system that includes data on student health records, attendance and academic success, allowing the district to see the "whole child" and help to discern health-related patterns, the article added.
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