Indoor Environmental Quality

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.

Submit an IEQ Concern

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.

Recently Published Concerns

Date Location Concern Closed
November 18th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXXIES2018000090
Poratble 184 Building Services reported minor areas of mold growth on drywall during a floor replacement project. 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 November 18, 2018. The concern should be dated October 2, 2018. Yes
October 18th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXXIES2018000081
Portable 184 An "overwhelming" odor and general health symptoms were identified after being in the portable for a short period of time. Yes
May 22nd, 2019
Tracking Number: CXXIES20190000D7
Various A plumbing leak was reported to the Office of the Environment on May 19, 2019. Yes
May 29th, 2019
Tracking Number: CXXIES20190000D9
Room 240 Carpet got wet during a faucet leak on 5/19-20. Fans were not put on carpet for 12+ hours. Room now has a musty smell. Yes
May 23rd, 2019
Tracking Number: CXXIES20190000D8
Room 134 The room has a strong odor, which it has had all year. Other staff members and students notice it when they enter the room. General health symptoms are reported by other occupants of the space. The room experienced flooding from a pipe in the hallway 12 or 13 years ago (when I was assigned to this room before), which drained to 3 classrooms along this wing, with the greatest depth of water in this classroom. Fans were brought in to dry the rug, but the smell continued, even after the carpet was replaced school-wide a few years later. I don't know if the current smell dates back to that water damage, but the room definitely has an odor. Yes

A full listing of published concerns is available on this school's page on the HCPSS IEQ site.

Scheduled Walk-Throughs

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.

IEQ Information From Previous School Years

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.

Water Quality Reports

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.