More than 300 plexiglass barriers have been installed throughout the buildings to provide another layer of protection for those working, and reflects the best guidance regarding healthy interactions. Some of the barriers have been strategically placed in the following areas: front offices, guidance offices, on the desks of school registrars and treasurers, bookstores, cashier stations in the cafeterias, fan and concession stands.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention created infographics on the symptoms of COVID-19, social distancing and how to properly wash your hands. HSE Schools selected five signs that are applicable and printed 5,200 posters and floor decals. The signage will appear in building entrances, hallways, cafeterias and restrooms.
WATER BOTTLE FILLING STATIONS
All water fountains will be turned off in the buildings. Water bottle filling stations have been installed to provide students and staff with access to water throughout the day in addition to water fountains.
HAND SANITIZER STATIONS
In addition to hand sanitizer being available to students and staff in classrooms, all buildings are equipped with free-standing hand sanitizer stations.
Changes have been made to building ventilation to increase outside air flow:
- The CO2 setpoints on HVAC units that have demand ventilation have been lowered to increase the amount of outdoor air introduced into the buildings.
- The outdoor air damper minimum position on HVAC units that have standard ventilation has been increased to allow for additional outdoor air to be introduced into the buildings.
- HVAC systems will be started two-hours before students arrive with the outdoor air dampers commanded to their maximum ventilation position to introduce filtered and conditioned outdoor air into the space. This will help ensure that the school day will always start with filtered and conditioned outdoor air.
- Extend the HVAC occupied times.
- Implement an unoccupied evening dehumidification program.
The HSE Facilities Department and contracted HVAC vendors will continually monitor the indoor air quality of the buildings and adjust as needed.