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 28th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXMVMS2018000062
|Various Lower Level Perimeter Classrooms||Mold growth was beginning to form around the edges of student desks. 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|
October 11th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXMVMS201800007B
|Room 15||Building Services had placed humidity data loggers in select areas within the school due to historical issues with mold growth. The recent humidity data trends indicated the potential for mold growth.||Yes|
August 1st, 2019
Tracking Number: CXMVMS20190000F9
|Rooms 15, 16, and 17||On July 24, 2019, the Office of Environment observed mold growth on the edges of some student desks while performing a proactive inspection since there had been occurrences during the previous summers and the school is currently undergoing a ventilation renovation, interrupting the ability for the school to cool.||Yes|
August 27th, 2019
Tracking Number: CXMVMS2019000105
|Room 25||The classroom is still humid, muggy and has a musty smell. This is quite different than the other classrooms and areas in the building. I often leave at the end of the day with a headache.||No|
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.