• Each of our classrooms, including all portables, use mechanical ventilation systems to provide fresh air to classrooms. ​
  • In classrooms and workrooms with windows, staff may opt to open windows at their own discretion.​
  • Use of mobile fans and space heaters will not be permitted.
  • HCDSB maintenance staff conduct regular inspections and preventative maintenance on all HVAC components to ensure proper operations. ​All HCDSB schools were inspected, and recommissioning and balancing was conducted where needed.
  • Mechanical filtration on recirculated air has been increased to the highest Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rated filter where possible, and all filter changes will be conducted on a quarterly basis.
  • HVAC systems are calibrated for maximum air flow.
  • Ventilation equipment runs before and after building occupancy and have increased the number of air changes to improve indoor air quality.
  • Stand-alone high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter units are placed in all Kindergarten classrooms.
  • High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters units will also be installed in the following areas:
  • Self-contained special education classrooms
    • COVID isolation (health) rooms
    • Childcare centre classrooms
    • Occupied learning environments without mechanical ventilation

Standard Ventilation Measures Report