Pesticide Alternatives for Safer Schools Project (PASS)
· “Even a small exposure to pesticides during a critical ‘window’ of a child’s development could cause permanent adverse health effects.” 
· Children’s immature organs and developing bodies make it more difficult for them to detoxify poisons.
· Several pesticides can exacerbate asthma symptoms  and some have been linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  Because many symptoms of pesticide poisoning are common in children, from respiratory problems to concentration difficulties, pesticide related illnesses often go unrecognized or misdiagnosed. 
· Recent studies have liked pesticide use in the home and garden to several forms of childhood leukemia and brain cancer. 
And Teachers Too . . .
Adverse health effects from pesticides may include nausea, dizziness, respiratory problems, headaches, and rashes, even when a pesticide is used according to directions. 
The vulnerability of children to harmful effects of pesticides has attracted national attention. The EPA, the National Academy of Science, the American Public Health Association and the National Parents and Teachers Association have all voiced concern about the dangers of pesticides.
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