COVID-19 Resources

General Info:

HVAC and Filtration and Disinfection sections (ASHRAE): https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/filtration-disinfection

Updates for Buildings (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.html

CDC’s Guidance on Cleaning, Disinfecting and Ventilation
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidelines for reopening schools. This resource offers guiding principles and strategies to protect students, teachers and staff.

Standards for Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality (ASHRAE)
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) develops standards for the design and maintenance of indoor environments. Here you can find information on the importance of proper operation and maintenance of HVAC systems to increase building performance and occupant health.

Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure
ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Core Recommendations; PDF Download, click: <May2021_18-21_IEQ_Bahnfleth.pdf>

Schools Info

School reopening (ASHRAE): https://www.ashrae.org/file%20library/technical%20resources/covid-19/ashrae-reopening-schools-and-universities-c19-guidance.pdf

Updates for Schools (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/FINAL-0321420_B_K-12_Mitigation_Toolkit508.pdf

School Resources (EPA):

  • IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit
    EPA developed this guidance to reduce exposure to indoor environmental contaminants in schools through voluntary adoption of sound and effective IAQ management practices.
  • IAQ Tools for Schools Framework for Effective School IAQ Management
    This set of strategies, approaches and techniques can help you immediately put the IAQ Tools for Schools guidance into action to achieve results.
  • IAQ Tools for Schools: Preventive Maintenance Guidance
    Use this guidance to help you address specific IAQ issues and successfully implement each stage of an IAQ preventive maintenance plan. The sections of this guidance translate into four distinct and actionable steps for implementing preventive maintenance in your schools.
  • School IAQ Assessment Mobile App
    This app is a “one-stop shop” for accessing guidance from EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit. The mobile app guides you through a school walkthrough and allows you to submit assessment checklists to help you track and prioritize IAQ-related follow-up actions based on proven strategies for addressing critical building-related environmental health issues.
  • Harvard Schools for Health
    The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Healthy Buildings Program offers a suite of resources that schools can use to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, including a 5-Step Guide to Checking Ventilation Rates in Classrooms, Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools, and Calculators for the Classroom.
  • Martin County School District Checklists
    Download the following IAQ checklists, which are personalized for use by Martin County School District staff and include background information from EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools. (Note: These PDF checklists should be downloaded and viewed in Adobe Acrobat, not a web browser.)

EPA information provided from it's webinar: "Rooted in Research: Reducing Virus Transmission, Improving Ventilation and Promoting Healthy IAQ in Schools"