California Portable Classrooms Study
This page last reviewed April 22, 2010The Air Resources Board (ARB) and Department of Health Services (DHS) completed a comprehensive study of the environmental health conditions in portable (relocatable) classrooms. This study investigated classrooms in kindergarten through 12th grade public schools and included a large representative sample. A number of environmental problems were found in classrooms throughout California. The Report to the California Legislature: Environmental Health Conditions in California's Portable Classrooms has been submitted to the Legislature, and is available for download below:
- Final Report to the Legislature: Environmental Health Conditions in California's Portable Classrooms, November 2004
Other related documents are also available.
- Highlights of the Report to the Legislature
- Board Meeting Slide Presentation, Notes and Handout
- Final Research Study Report
We have developed a School Health web page for school administrators and others involved in school environmental health and air quality issues. It includes a short (two-page) advisory to schools on actions they can take now to improve the environmental conditions in their classrooms, plus many web links to steer them to useful information and checklists.
The Air Resources Board and Department of Health Services have developed recommendations to assist schools in reducing their indoor formaldehyde concentrations.
Please consider subscribing to our Portable Classrooms Study (PCS) list serve regarding updates on the further analysis of data from the PCS and any significant actions resulting from this report.