Turn Your Key - Be Idle Free
Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children.
Children's lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects. Limiting a vehicle's idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and children's exposure to them.
In the Beaverton School District, the School Board recognizes that a safe and healthy school environment is important in contributing to the health of students and adults. Clean air is essential to creating a healthy learning environment for students to participate in the educational process.
Unnecessary vehicle idling emits pollutants, wastes fuel and wastes financial resources. Therefore, a goal of the Board is to eliminate unnecessary idling by all District vehicles, and to establish a way to minimize the practice in all vehicles on District property (Board Policy EBAD).
As parents, you can do your part to reduce students' exposure to air toxins emitted in the exhaust of idling vehicles by:
- Turning off your engine when waiting for students to be picked up
- Turning off your engine when you arrive at school and when you expect to be parked for more than 5 minutes
- If idling is necessary for temperature control, please restrict it to no more than five (5) minutes
We encourage you to eliminate unnecessary idling, not only at our schools but anywhere you are waiting for more than 30 seconds. This simple change will improve the air our children breathe, as well as the air quality in our neighborhoods.
Here is a short video featuring BSD students encouraging you to
"Turn Your Key - Be Idle Free"
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