Los Angeles Unified School District

 

Description

The Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD or District) mission is to ensure every LAUSD student receives an education in a safe, caring environment and every student will be college-prepared and career-ready.  The District boundaries cover a total area of approximately 710 square miles. In addition to the City of Los Angeles, the District serves 31 other cities and unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. In the 2013-14 school year, LAUSD’s student enrollment was over 900,000 at over 1000 schools and centers.   LAUSD currently employs over 60,000 regular employees. Additional information pertaining to the District may be found on our website. 

 

LAUSD Student Medical and Nursing Services manage the District’s Asthma Program, which includes:

 

  • Asthma education for the students, teachers and parents:  Education programs are offered at the schools and during in home visits.  Education and assessment of environmental asthma triggers are reviewed in detail, including dust, cockroach, pollen, mold and the use of cleaning products/chemicals.  The nurse and parent walk through the home/apartment completing the USEPA’s environmental checklist.  Mitigation supplies are provided, such as dust mite-proof pillow and mattress covers. 

  • School-based Clinics and Wellness Centers: LAUSD Student Medical and Nursing Services operates 14 School Based Clinics and 14 Wellness Centers in partnership with community organizations that offer integrated health services such as physical health, mental health and at many sites, oral care.  The LAC+USC Breathmobile Clinic operates 4 mobile units which offer free asthma and allergy specialty services to LAUSD students at 80 campuses District-wide. 

 

LAUSD has also implemented several polices and/or programs to improve outdoor and indoor air quality which help reduce asthma triggers.  The District’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS) is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students and employees and thereby has spearheaded many of those programs.

 

  • Tools for Schools: The District encourages and endorsed the USEPA’s Tool for Schools (TFS) Program to promote low-cost and no-cost solutions to improving indoor air quality by creating a District reference guide (REF-5354).  The District also created a video hosted by Huell Howser on how to implement the TFS program.

  • IPM: The District developed and implemented the model Integrated Pest Management Program that employs the precautionary principal and uses the safest and lowest risk approach for controlling pests. 

  • School Inspections: OEHS conducts routine comprehensive Safe School Inspections to assess compliance with all health and safety requirements, District policies and assess facility conditions. The results of these inspections are available to the public on the OEHS website at all times and a Safe School Inspection Guidebook that provides resources for corrective measures. 

  • School Board Resolutions: Several Board Resolutions have been adopted to address outdoor pollution impacts on our schools such as prohibiting school buses from idling for more than 30 seconds and creating distance criteria has been developed for any future schools being built near freeways, rail lines, pipelines, landfills and industrial sites.

 

In 2011, LAUSD received the California Breathing Achievement in Respiratory Health, Distinguished Achievement Award for its successful efforts to create a healthy, asthma-friendly environment for students and school personnel.

 

For additional information on the District’s Asthma Program, please refer to www.asthmala.com or the Office of Environmental Health and Safety’s webpage at http://achieve.lausd.net/oehs

 

Contact Information:

Jennifer Flores

Environmental Health Supervisor

Office of Environmental Health & Safety

Los Angeles Unified School District

333 S. Beaudry Ave., 28th Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017

213-241-3199

 

Roberta Villanueva

Coordinator Special Programs

District Nursing Services

Student Health and Human Services Division

121 N. Beaudry Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

213-202-7580