What to do when schools push back on utilizing Tools for Schools componets because of resource capacity? (i.e., staffing hours)

What can we do when schools push back on owning this issue of mangaing/reducing/limiting asthma triggers, creating indoor air quality teams or taking on yet another compontent with out funding support, or resource capacity, when they already have another slew of actual mandates that they are struggling to adhere to.

We can provide training, but ultimately they need to own it. That's where we are stuggling. Its not that they don't think it is important, but there are just so many other things that are important as well (some funded, some not), but are actual federal or state requirements that take much higher precedence.

A couple of thoughts - first the award helped tremendously.  Also the NJPEOSH Indoor Air Quality Designated Person requirement had a huge impact because in public facilities they have to have someone trained to be accountable for implementing regulations.  Superintendents take those regulations seroiusly.  We also found that teachers were very responsovie to reducing exposure to asthma triggers.  They didn't realize what triggered asthma and we have a study that showed nearly half the school nurses responded with specific actions their teachers had taken following the training.

There are lots of resources at IAQTFS site - discussions by award winning districts on how it saved them time and money.

The same as with the nurses visits - if you cut down the number of IAQ complaints ( which does happen) your maintenenace staff can focus more on preventative items, which saves money in the long run.   

The award winners in  many cases showed how they saved money.

Also - the work in Newark, explaining to the maintenance staff how their jobs impacted asthma really did get them to own it.  Look for the hook for the district you are trying to reach.  Less absences, higher test scores, less staff turnover and someone will likely have data and or a narrative to help you make the case.