HCPSS recognizes the importance of providing a healthy learning environment for all students and staff members. In an effort to identify and correct conditions that may have an impact on air quality, HCPSS has established an Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) program that proactively maintains proper indoor environments and responds to community members' concerns.
The IEQ data provided below comes directly from the HCPSS IEQ site.
Complete the online IEQ Concern form to submit a concern about the indoor environmental quality of a HCPSS building or facility. The Office of the Environment addresses each concern by contacting the individual and performing an environmental assessment of the reported area.
September 11th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXXEES2018000037
|Second and Fourth Grade (Basement)||Individuals reported general health symptoms since returning to work after summer break. A majority of the individuals work on the second level of the school. Note: The Office of the Environment has recently transitioned to a new Online IEQ platform (as of August 2018). The new platform does not allow the back-dating of IEQ concerns. This concern is inappropriately dated September 11, 2018. The concern should be dated August 31, 2018.||Yes|
September 28th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXXEES2018000063
|Music Room (115) and Music Room Storage Closet||The start of mold growth was observed on student desks and a book case. These areas were being monitored by the Office of the Environment due to historical summer mold growth. Note: The Office of the Environment has recently transitioned to a new Online IEQ platform (as of August 2018). The new platform does not allow the back-dating of IEQ concerns. This concern is inappropriately dated September 28, 2018. The concern should be dated August 8, 2018.||Yes|
September 12th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXELMS201800003C
|Kindergarten||Relative humidity mold growth was identified during a Tier II IEQ Walkthrough.||Yes|
September 25th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXXEES2018000052
|Room 60||The individual requested a mold assessment. The individual was particularly concerned about the room's skylights.||Yes|
A full listing of published concerns is available on this school's page on the HCPSS IEQ site.
The IEQ program includes system-wide scheduled and standardized walk-through reviews of each HCPSS school, conducted twice a year. The process is based off the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Air Quality recommendations for schools. One walkthrough is conducted by a school-based IEQ team of parents, staff, students, and community members, trained by the HCPSS Office of the Environment, to identify and report potential indoor environmental issues. The second walkthrough is performed by an HCPSS industrial hygienist, who assesses each school building, such as its mechanical equipment, areas above drop-ceilings, and the exterior.
All previously published IEQ concerns, reports from external contractors, and school walk-through reports for previous school years are archived on the IEQ Report Archive.
In compliance with state regulations, HCPSS is testing all schools for the presence of lead in drinking water. Details on the testing schedule, procedures, etc., as well as test results and reports for individual schools can be found on the HCPSS website.