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