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 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.
HCPSS offers the community an easily accessible online form to report IEQ-related concerns and questions regarding all building facilities. The Office of the Environment addresses each concern by contacting the individual and performing an environmental assessment of the reported area.
Communication protocols are in place to inform the Howard County community on environmental quality concerns, updates, and resolutions. All documented concerns will be resolved within a specified time, and documentation about all concerns, investigations, and resolutions will be accessible on the website of each applicable school.