Hartford Public Schools, Hartford, CT
Hartford Public Schools (HPS) was challenged by old buildings and limited resources. HPS put together the components of success over time. At first, there was a single pilot project. But, they used that example to build momentum and support; used the support to build a training program; used the training program to create school-based Health and Safety Teams; used the teams to assess the facilities; and so on. And now, they are ensuring sustainability by reinforcing the program with IAQ Tools for Schools on Health and Safety Team agendas and active outreach to administration and principals that emphasizes the relationships among IAQ management, student health and student performance.
“Although many programs compete for attention at HPS, the IAQ initiative is sustained because health leadership continues to see the value of IAQ Tools for Schools in supporting a healthy learning and teaching school environment.” Paula Schenck, University of Connecticut Health Center