NYS School Environmental Health Program: Viral Transmissions and Other Health Effects

Resources and webinars on strategies for developing comprehensive management plans to proactively prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria in schools.


EPA On-Demand Training Webinars

These webinars are available to view directly on YouTube or through the EPA website. To receive a certificate of completion for a webinar, which may be used for Continuing Education Credits (CECs), register for the webinar with EPA and complete the webinar evaluation after viewing the webinar.

  • Cleaning for Health: Proactive Plans to Effectively Clean and Promote Healthy IAQ in Schools. Information on how to tailor cleaning and maintenance plans and procedures to help implement CDC considerations for schools to reduce the spread of viruses and bacteria.
  • Let's Clear the Air: Using Ventilation Practices to Promote Healthy IAQ in Schools. EPA’s guidance on how to gain buy-in by effectively communicating how health and academic performances can be improved with comprehensive IAQ management.
  • What Schools Need to Know: Practices and Principles for Healthy IAQ and Reducing the Spread of Viruses. A guide from EPA on how to develop a proactive and comprehensive IAQ management plan to help prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria.
  • Meeting Current School Health Challenges and Beyond: New Tools to Assess and Address IAQ Health and Safety. Indoor air quality management best practices and strategies to assess and reduce exposure to viruses in schools.
  • IAQ in K- 12 Schools: Addressing the Concept of Layered Risks amidst COVID-19. Strategies from EPA on how to implement practical guidelines with respect to air filtration and circulation, cleaning and disinfection with employee and student health and safety at the forefront.
  • Ventilation and Virus Mitigation in Schools: Creating a Game Plan to Reduce COVID–19 Risk and Make Lasting Improvements in IAQ. How to assess current air handling capabilities and equip staff to implement risk reduction strategies to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
  • Rooted in Research: Reducing Virus Transmission, Improving Ventilation and Promoting Healthy IAQ in Schools. EPA’s suggestions on implementing risk reduction strategies and IAQ management best practices.
  • Asthma-Friendly Schools: Strategies to Reduce the Risk of COVID–19 Transmission and Improve IAQ. EPA tools and guides to choose a safer disinfectant and recommendations on mitigating SARS-CoV-2 to create a healthy learning environment for students and staff.
  • Ventilation and COVID-19 in Schools: Using a Framework to Assess, Prioritize, and Plan for HVAC Upgrades and IAQ Improvements. Learn how to take action to assess indoor air quality (IAQ), ventilation, and HVAC systems to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 transmission and create safe breathing environments for students and staff.
  • Solutions and Resources to Address COVID–19 in Schools: Establishing Lasting Improvements to Ventilation and IAQ. EPA resources on implementing ventilation best practices and building design guidelines.
  • You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure: Monitoring IAQ in Schools for Improved Health. Examine how to implement cost-effective and comprehensive IAQ monitoring to improve the respiratory health of students and staff by reducing air pollutants and asthma triggers such as viruses, allergens, mold, and dust.
  • Navigating Mature and Emerging IAQ Technologies in Your Schools for COVID and Beyond. Learn how to navigate emerging and mature technologies for ventilation, filtration, and air cleaning to find science- and evidence-based options that fit into an overall IAQ management plan.