Franklin Special School District has implemented an anti-idling protocol on school premises to reduce vehicle emissions and improve air quality around our schools. Not only do emissions from idling vehicles pollute the outdoor air, they can also enter school buildings through air intakes, doors, and open windows. Children are particularly susceptible to air pollution. Because their lungs generally are not fully developed until around age 12, air pollution can harm them and result in illness. These illnesses can lead to missed school days and chronic absenteeism.

The anti-idling protocol allows our students to breathe cleaner air. Some requirements of the protocol include limiting the idling time of school buses in student pick up lanes to two (2) minutes or less. Otherwise, drivers are directed to turn buses off to reduce idling, conserve fuel, and reduce harmful exhaust emissions. Additionally, buses should not idle while waiting for students during field trips, or other events where students are transported off school grounds. We also ask car drivers to turn off their engines in the pickup lane to reduce emissions.

FSSD has been recognized by the Tennessee Air Flags Committee, a group of public health and environmental organizations working to build public awareness about the health impacts of outdoor air pollution and identify solutions to improve air quality.

“Vehicle pollution has an enormous impact on our health. It can cause coughing, wheezing and even asthma attacks. Anti-idling policies are an easy, effective way to limit these emissions. Congratulations to the Franklin Special School District for being a leader in Tennessee and taking this important step to protect your school community’s health,” said Christine Hart from the American Lung Association and member of the Tennessee Air Flags Committee.