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.
October 31st, 2018
Tracking Number: CXXFES2018000085
|Portable 193||Project manager for the contractor responsible for moving portable wing 193 reported possible mold growth within wall chase serving as return air duct. 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 October 31, 2018. The concern should be dated August 8, 2018.||Yes|
September 29th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXXFES201800006C
|Parks & Recreation Storage within Gymnasium||Mold growth observed on the underside of some plywood shelving during an inspection of the gymnasium and surrounding closets. 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 29, 2018. The concern should be dated August 31, 2018.||Yes|
January 11th, 2019
Tracking Number: CXXFES20190000A9
|Portable Wing 193||School administration contacted the Office of the Environment after staff and parents expressed concerns about comfort and odors. 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 January 11, 2019. The concern should be dated August 28, 2018.||Yes|
June 1st, 2020
Tracking Number: CXXFES2020000168
|Portable||I am concerned that there is a mold issue in the portable, perhaps the carpet holding moisture? My colleague and I have noted that within a few minutes of entering there I begin to cough terribly. It doesn’t happen in the main building. It doesn’t happen at my other school either. I have been assigned to the FES portable for the Fall and am concerned for my health.||Yes|
November 5th, 2020
Tracking Number: CXXFES2020000195
|Portable 220||Mold growth within wall cavity around windows and rotting wood floor substrate at doorways.||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.