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 28th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS2018000069
Athlectic Stoarge Closet in Lower Level of the Gymnasium Staff observed mold growth on two fabric casings. 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 13, 2018. Yes
August 28th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS201800001A
Rooms 319, 320, 324, 304, 306, 308, 316 Given that the air was off on the 3rd floor for much ofthe summer due to roof work, many of the rooms have a moldy, musty odor. Yes
October 17th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS2018000080
219 An individual is experiencing general health symptoms. 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 17, 2018. The concern should be dated August 23, 2018. No
August 27th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS2018000015
234 Individual concerned that mold growth may be behind the wood cabinets associated with the science lab stations because there were water leaks in this area last year. Yes
August 28th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS2018000017
322 An individual reported a bad odor within the room. Yes
August 24th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS2018000012
302 Individual reported a musty smell in the carpet and requested it be checked for mold growth. Yes
August 22nd, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS201800000A
Fine Arts Hallway (Rooms 163-169) Individual noticed three potential IEQ issues: 1. There is a line of ceiling tile water staining on the left side of the music hallway as you walk towards the exit doors. 2. Parallel to a set of JRT stage doors, and next to a sprinkler, there is a spot that is discolored (dark green/black) and appears to be a possible indicator of water leakage/mold. 3. In the dance room, the air vents (specifically the intake and returns) are very dusty and in need of cleaning. Yes
September 28th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS2018000067
Rouse Theater, Mini-Theater, and Stagecraft Area School reported suspect mold growth on doors. 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
August 28th, 2018
Tracking Number: CXWLHS2018000019
Room 324 The room is extremely humid and has a musty / mildew odor. In addition, the individual experiences a general health symptom every day when in the room. Yes

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

Scheduled Walk-Throughs

Walk-throughs are being scheduled for the current school year.

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.