"Not three minute idling. Not one minute idling. Zero
  idling! That's the only solution."
- Dr. Geoffrey Gordon, Superintendent (retired),   Port Washington Public Schools

There is no safe level of exposure to diesel exhaust. It is a known cause of both asthma and lung cancer, and has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. It can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea, and exacerbate respiratory diseases through inflammation and irritation of the airways.

Idling school buses and other vehicles on school grounds create an unnecessary risk for students, teachers and staff. Some states have time limits on idling, but compliance is inconsistent and enforcement is difficult.

A ChildSafe School prohibits any idling of school buses and other vehicles on school property except in emergency circumstances.

The letter Q Why is diesel exhaust a problem? Why should everyone be concerned? This Q&A sheet has the answers.

The letter S The science linking exposure to diesel exhaust with serious health problems is extensive. Here are some recent studies.

The letter PThis sample school policy prohibits the idling of any motor vehicle on school grounds, with certain exceptions.

The letter C Any school can protect the health and safety of students, teachers and staff with a No-Idling policy. Here's your checklist!


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