SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Adriane Johnson championed a measure Wednesday to enhance air quality in schools – ensuring better health outcomes for students.

“Many children suffer from asthma and allergies, which can be exacerbated by poor indoor air quality,” said Johnson (D- Buffalo Grove). “By identifying solutions for quality air ventilation in schools, we are able to better assess how schools can remain a healthy environment for students and staff.”

House Bill 4903 would task the Illinois State Board of Education, in consultation with the Illinois Department of Public Health, to compile resources to assess air quality and maintain ventilation systems in schools. ISBE would implement outreach strategies to make these resources available to elementary and secondary schools.

“Establishing requirements for schools in regard to air quality monitoring is essential,” said Johnson. “This is a vital step toward promoting a healthy, safe, and conducive learning environment with benefits beyond academic performance.”

House Bill 4903 passed the Senate Wednesday and heads to the governor for final approval.