Schools located in the state’s highest industrial air pollution areas are having low attendance rates. It is not only affecting the educational performance of the students but also hampering the health of the learners. In a research it has been found that among the 3,660 public, elementary, middle, junior high and high schools, 63 percent of the schools are located in places where high levels of air pollution blow up from the industrial sources.
The minority students are more vulnerable as they are found to be excessively sharing the air pollution burden. The Southern half of the state’s Lower Peninsula houses the most populated areas. Along with this, Upper Peninsula has also the most populated areas in Michigan. While those schools which are already in existence are facing the brunt of the situation, however, an analysis of the environment could be considered while considering construction of new schools.
The schools are not only affected by the industrial air pollutants, they are also vulnerable to other kinds of air pollutants such as pollution from cars, trucks and buses, airplanes, tractors and lawnmowers and the like. As children are more susceptible to the hazardous effects of pollutions than adults, so therefore this can lead to long-term health problems, malady and disease to the adolescents. The chemicals present in the pollutants can lead to respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological disorders as well as cancer.