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.
March 1st, 2019
Tracking Number: CXXHES20190000C1
|Black staining was observed on the ceiling of the portable during a Tier I IEQ Walkthrough.
January 4th, 2021
Tracking Number: CXXHES20210001A0
|A space heater caused a small fire.
January 26th, 2024
Tracking Number: CXXHES20240002E4
|5th grade pod, Room 69
|I recently learned that there is a strong gas odor in the 5th grade pod that is most notable in Ms. Canterbury's classroom. Students are complaining of headaches and difficulty concentrating. Admin was made aware and the HVAC inspection revealed the smoke stack is too short, resulting in exhaust entering the fresh air intake. This is highly concerning as students are actively showing signs of CO gas exposure. I would like to request immediate monitoring of air quality in that area, including CO detectors as well as escalation to remediate the issue as soon as possible
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.