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Creating Healthy School Environments Step by Step Voluntary Guidelines for Ohio Schools

The purpose of these voluntary guidelines, written for schools and school districts, is to assist Ohio's nearly 4,000 K-12 schools in assessing, improving and maintaining the environmental health of their facilities. They are presented in a tiered format so that schools, no matter what their available resources, will have the opportunity for successful implementation at the foundational level. The guidelines offer a user-friendly, step-by-step format. Schools that implement the guidelines at one of three levels may apply for public recognition from the Ohio Department of Health.

This new guidance, published in 2015, is now available online as well as in hard copy. [On Internet Explorer, right click on the document to get a popup menu where you may select "Show Navigation Pane Buttons" for a bookmarks listing. On Firefox on Macs, get to the same listing by using the "Toggle-Sidebar Icon" on the icon bar.] To request a hard copy, email this program at; include your name, organization and the address to which you would like it to be shipped.

Helpful templates to assist with implementation at each step will are also available online in an interactive format. Users are able to write on, save and print the forms on their own computers.


Voluntary Guidelines for Ohio Schools

Interactive Templates


Page reviewed: 12/10/2015