I’ve been a teacher at the same elementary school for four years, and it’s safe to say that I’ve had my ups and downs with it. I love teaching and getting to help my students learn, but the education system seriously does not prioritize the safety of its teachers and staff. There are so many elements when thinking about the safety of a school. One element that is often overlooked is the health and safety of clean, high quality air. We are stuck in a room with more than twenty students, so even though we are used to germs, it’s still imperative that our air conditioning system is up to the highest standards. I heard a rumor from an older teacher that the air ducts hadn’t been cleaned in years. This sounded really odd to me because I knew that air ducts should be cleaned pretty regularly. The ducts experience a lot of build up, and it’s very easy for small creatures and critters to climb in there and die if there are pesticides in there. I decided to ask the office administration if we would be able to see the air conditioning maintenance history. I saw the last air duct cleaning and inspection was three years prior. I immediately called our Superintendent and he came out right away to speak with our principal about air quality standards. They had the HVAC contractor come to the school that same day and begin cleaning after school was done. It took them about a week to finish the entire cleaning, and there was some gross stuff that came from the vents. I’m considering leaving the education field in total because I don’t like the way that our education treats the teachers and students.