Health & Wellness in School
Ventilation in Schools
All CBE schools are mechanically ventilated. To further enhance ventilation within CBE schools, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are operated in “occupied mode” prior to each school day and then again at the end of the school day. Additionally, school HVAC systems have been set to maximize outside air intake, while accounting for exterior weather conditions. These measures increase air exchange rates in CBE schools. Finally, while occupied, schools can work with their facility operator regarding other measures to increase ventilation, such as the opening of windows.
HEPA filters are generally recommended when no mechanical ventilation exists, which means when windows are the only way to increase ventilation.
As we have done throughout the pandemic, the CBE continues to monitor the evolving situation. We will work closely with Alberta Education and Alberta Health to ensure appropriate health and safety protocols are adhered to in our schools and work places.