Concern: Northfield Elementary School: November 1st, 2018 (CXXNES2018000087)

1st grade - Donegan's Classroom
Date of IEQ Report Form
Date of Report
An individual experienced a general health symptom thought to be associated with the classroom. Additional concerns were noted regarding relative humidity mold growth that had occurred during the Summer of 2018.
IEQ Investigation Process

Identify deficiencies that may impact IEQ and/or sources of odor concerns. Typically includes the following depending on the nature of concern, but not limited to:

  • interview/questionnaire of concern individual(s)
  • inspection above drop ceiling (condition of roof deck, pipe insulation, return air plenum)
  • inspection of ventilation system (operation of variable air volume box and outdoor air dampers, check controls, measurements of carbon dioxide, temperature and relative humidity, sources near outdoor air intake, measure return and supply air volume, cleanliness of coils, liner and condensate pan)
  • inspection of exterior
  • inspection below drop ceiling (housekeeping, sink and floor drain traps, signs of past and present moisture concern via visual and/or moisture meter, mold growth, ensure connection of current and capping of abandoned sanitary vents, odorizers, excessive plants and fabric items, identify potential pathways, and measure volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, and lighting)

Date(s) of Assessment: November 7, 2018

A school-wide "Tier II" IEQ Walkthrough was completed due to the individuals concern. Areas impacted by previous summer mold growth were also re-assessed for re-growth. No mold growth was observed within the school during the walkthrough.

The following was identified during the Tier II Walkthrough:

Cafeteria - Flaking/Peeling Paint on the Wall; Supply Diffusers dirty (high dusting), Stained Ceiling Tile

Room 139 (Music) - Slightly dusty on shelves and on xylophones

Room 157 - Fan Coil Unit making a "clicking" sound

Building Exterior - Missing Caulk around perimeter

Room 115 - Stained Ceiling Tile

The above items were addressed/corrected or are in the process of being addressed via the Tier II IEQ Walkthrough process.

The primary classroom the individual was concerned about was also assessed:

No mold growth was identified.

No odors were identified. 

No moisture was detected in the building materials assessed.

No potential moisture concerns were identified via thermal imagery.

Areas above the drop-ceiling were assessed with no concerns identified.

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