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.
January 8th, 2019
Tracking Number: CXXAHS20190000A5
|Stage Craft Work Area (Drama)||Mold growth was observed on the radial arm (and associated table) while inspecting machine guarding during a Maryland Association Board of Education loss control inspection (safety/property) on January 7, 2019.||No|
August 15th, 2019
Tracking Number: CXXAHS20190000FC
|A113, Weight Room, and Wrestling Room||During an IEQ Tier II Assessment, performed on August 9 and 12, 2019 by the Office of Environment, past mold growth was observed on the underside of several roof deck panels in weight and wrestling rooms. Additionally, the casework along exterior wall in room A113 was identified to be wet per moisture meter. Wood rot and fungi was present at the base of the platform.||Yes|
January 6th, 2020
Tracking Number: CXXAHS202000013D
|Room 204, Lab Station 9||Strong wet moldy odor, active moisture and leak, and visible mold in wood cabinet.||Yes|
September 16th, 2020
Tracking Number: CXXAHS2020000187
|A105||Elevated moisture was detected in casework during this year's IEQ Walkthrough. Moisture damage was observed underneath the casework after it was removed for further investigation.||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.