Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/29/2020 - 6:00 AM
Category: Facilities and Operations
Type: Info
Subject: Water/Indoor Air Quality Update
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Goal 4: Facilities and the Learning Environment
Goal 5: Health and Wellness
Goal 6: Effective and Efficient Operations
Policy: FA - Facilities Development
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
File Attachment:
Agenda Item Summary: Environmental Health and Safety investigated all ACPS buildings during FY20 to ensure they were in compliance with the state and federal laws under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). An evaluation was conducted to verify adequate operational controls (e.g., administrative, physical, or engineering) were in place to manage, mitigate or prevent negative environmental impacts. Indoor air quality (IAQ) surveillance and water sampling was needed for regulatory compliance. To date, we have collected 2,237 water samples across 25 ACPS Facilities to comply with VA Legislation SB 392. Moreover, IAQ samples have been collected at George Washington Middle School (GWMS) and multiple other Facilities across the division to comply with VA Legislation SB 845. A cross-functional team that includes both the Office of Educational Facilities and the Office of Maintenance & Custodial Services have worked together to manage the sequence of work required to meet compliance time frames with associated regulatory and other authorities.
Background: ACPS’ aging facilities have been in sore need of attention for many years. Since FY 2017, there has been a heightened financial commitment by the city to help ACPS address both capacity and non-capacity capital modernization, replacements and repairs. Mitigating and addressing other affects of system-wide deterioration to not only meet compliance but to ensure the health and safety of staff and students is a high priority.

The IAQ assessment at GWMS was performed as part of a continuing effort to identify and mitigate indoor air quality concerns, to include mold, within that school. Since as early as 2015, ACPS Environmental Health & Safety, Safety and Security, Educational Facilities, and Maintenance and Custodial Services have made strides in eliminating sources of moisture, water intrusion and dust within the facility by actively budgeting for numerous roof section replacements, building envelope repairs and increased and targeted cleaning efforts. While these efforts are significantly improving IAQ conditions within GWMS, the future will require an ongoing program of monitoring and response in areas most impacted.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board review the attached report.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Mignon Anthony - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. - Superintendent