HVAC Field Study
In August of 2020, Superintendent Ravally, in consultation with the Restart and Reopen Committee, requested a delay in providing in-person instruction in the 2020-2021 school year. As explained in the Preface to the Restart and Reopen Plan, the time requested was an opportunity to work with the FTEA to better understand the reasons for an unusually high number of requests for accommodation received by the district in accordance with the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).
One of the items which came from that work with the FTEA was a concern about the Heating, Ventalation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems in the schools of the district. Accordingly the Board approved a field study of those systems to be completed by the district's architect of record, DMR Architects.
On September 29, 2020 the results of Phase I of that study which featured rooms in Claremont Elementary School, Franklin Park School and Franklin High School, as they are the first buildings to be utilized for in-person instruction this year. Phase IIA of the study was posted on October 22, 2020 and provided information on the rooms at the Franklin Park Early Childhood Development Center (FPS Annex) and MacAfee Road School.
Finally, on November 19, 2020 the final report was posted. This report incorporates the findings of the previous phases and represents assessments of all schools. At FHS, the large majority of the rooms were tested. In some cases, where a recommendation was given for one classroom, the necessary work was done in all classrooms with similar systems without checking each of those classrooms individually prior to implementing the recommendation.
When viewing the report you will, in the last column of the spreadsheet from each school, see remarks representing follow up action which may be necessary. Please note that follow up has taken place and any deficiencies have been corrected. In additon, at the end of each schools' spreadsheet there is a "notes" section. Within that "notes" section general recommendations for system modification are suggested. Those suggestions are being reviewed and implemented where feasible.