DENVER (CBS4) – The Denver Department of Public Health and Environment is testing air quality monitors in schools. CBS4 first reported on the monitors in August.
Now, the monitors check the air quality in 10 schools. The Denver Public School District expects to add nine by the end of the school year and another 40 over the course of three years.READ MORE: Denver Weather: It's Been Seven Years Since The Metro Area Was This Hot, This Early
Health officials spoke to CBS4 about how poor quality can directly impact how well a student performs in school.READ MORE: Firefighters Warn Of Increased Fire Danger In Denver Are During Incoming Heat Wave
“So what we’re looking to do is reduce the asthma rates at these schools and that’s a long term goal so in the short term health metric, we’re looking at how many times kids use inhalers, kids with asthma have higher rates of absentism and what we can do to address those,” said Michael Ogletree, the Air Quality Program manager for DPHE.MORE NEWS: Rescue Groups In Colorado Seeing A Concerning Number Of Emergency Calls In 2021
The sensors will be located near pick-up and drop-off lanes at the participating schools. They will be connected to solar panels and be painted to match the school.