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
September 4th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXTSES2018000029
Throughout An individual expressed a general health concern regarding the building. Additionally, school staff indicated a persistent musty odor. 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 4, 2018. The concern should be dated May 23, 2018. Yes
October 11th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXTSES201800007A
Room 28 An individual indicated the room had a "damp/musty" odor which is more pronounced when it is raining. A general health symptom was reported. Yes
October 11th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXTSES2018000079
Room 28 An individual indicated the room had a "damp/musty" odor which is more pronounced when it it raining. A general health symptom was reported. Yes
November 2nd, 2018
Tracking Number: CXTSES2018000088
Health Room While in the room, an individual reported experiencing general health symptoms. The individual claims to feel better when leaving work, over the weekends, and during summer-break. Yes
September 5th, 2019
Tracking Number: CXTSES2019000109
Room 28 Air quality, presence of allergen(s) in the office/classroom. Stale odor, musty smell present most days, made worse by heat/humidity. Severe allergy response while in classroom. 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.