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We at HWDSB take the safety of our students and staff seriously and follow public health recommendations when addressing COVID-19 and ventilation.

2021 HWDSB CVRIS-EDU Ventilation Upgradescvris funding

In April 2021, the Government of Canada announced plans to invest $525.2 million towards projects through the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream – Education Related Projects (CVRIS-EDU) as part of Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). In addition, the Government of Ontario confirmed its contribution of more than $131.3 million to projects across Ontario. The funding announced includes almost $450 million for HVAC upgrades and improvements to air quality.

HWDSB was successful in securing funding for ventilation upgrades and other pandemic-related projects. Ventilation improvements, such as new roof top units or classroom unit ventilators, are taking place at 30 locations as a result of this CVRIS-EDU funding.

View the list of projects below:

HWDSB CVRIS-EDU Ventilation Upgrades

LOCATION GENERAL SCOPE
Ancaster Meadow Replace Childcare RTUs
Balaclava PS Installation of new ventilator units and RTU
Bennetto Installation of new ventilator units and RTU replacements
Buchanan Park Installation of new ventilator units and RTU
Cecil B. Stirling Install new gym RTU
Dundana PS Install new gym RTU
Ecole Elementaire Michaelle Jean Installation of new ventilator units and RTUs
Flamborough Centre Senior PS Installation of new ventilator units and gym RTU
Franklin Road Installation of new ventilator units
Gatestone Replace Childcare RTUs
Gordon Price Install Childcare RTU
Highview Installation of new ventilator units
Hill Park Learning Centre Replace AHUs
Huntington Park Installation of new ventilator units
James Macdonald Install new gym RTU
Lawfield Elementary School Replace Childcare RTUs
Lisgar Install new gym RTU
Memorial PS (Hamilton) Installation of new ventilator units for daycare
Millgrove PS Installation of new ventilator units
Mount Albion PS Installation of new ventilator units
Norwood Park Install new gym RTU
R A Riddell Replace gym RTU
Ray Lewis PS Install new gym RTU
Richard Beasley Install new gym RTU
Rosedale Installation of new gym RTU
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Install Childcare RTU
Sir William Osler Replace Childcare RTUs
Westmount SS Install new gym RTUs
Westview Install new gym RTU
Yorkview Installation of new ventilator unit and RTU

For a full list of CVRIS-EDU projects being completed at HWDSB, including installations of water-filling stations, touchless door operators, and more, visit our blog post.

Standardized Ventilation Reports

Community members can now view school-specific Standardized Ventilation Reports for our HWDSB buildings. This dashboard, which was standardized by the Ministry of Education, displays each school’s ventilation system along with other ventilation and filtration measures. Access the reports through the Excel document linked below.

Standardized-Ventilation-Measures-Report

To find your school, use the dropdown menu next to “School Name” and select your desired school. The content will then change to display the selected school’s information.

More info: School-Specific Standardized Ventilation Reports Released

Other 2021 Ventilation Upgrades

HVAC renovations are taking place at Earl Kitchener, Parkdale, and Waterdown High. These improvements include a combination of boiler replacements, heat pump replacement, RTU replacements, and UV replacements.

We are ensuring air is being exchanged, and fresh air is entering occupied spaces. Building fresh air was increased where possible through building automation systems to maximize ventilation rates.

Additionally, we will be performing “air flushes” of all spaces before occupants re-entering the buildings. This will be done daily by having mechanical systems operate in ‘occupied’ mode starting at 6 a.m. before students enter the building.

HEPA filter units will be provided in accordance with Ministry direction, which includes schools without mechanical ventilation and in Kindergarten spaces regardless of the ventilation system in place.

Ventilation FAQs

Read our Frequently Asked Questions section to learn more about our actions, improvements, and procedures related to ventilation. More school-specific information regarding ventilation will be shared in the Ministry of Education’s Standardized Ventilation Reports on September 3.

What steps did HWDSB take prior to September 2020?

  • HWDSB initiated a project to have licensed mechanical contractors go through every school and verify ventilation equipment is operating as per manufacturers’ recommendations. The actions undertaken by the consultants include:
    • Check for particulate accumulation on filters, replace filter as needed if material is already on-site. Verify filters are sized and installed correctly. Clean and remove louver obstructions.
    • Check all motors and fans operate correctly. Grease/oil as required.
    • Check belts are tight and in good condition. Replace as required.
    • Check variable-frequency drive for proper operation.
    • Check drain pans for cleanliness and proper slope. Check P-trap on drain pan for proper operation. Clean as required.
    • Verify control dampers operate properly.
    • Confirm equipment is bringing in outdoor air and removing exhaust air as intended.
  • Reports for each piece of equipment were received and noted deficiencies were corrected for September 2020. Please see the building specific reports below:
A M CUNNINGHAM

Repair Report

ADELAIDE HOODLESS

Repair Report

 

ALLAN GREENLEAF

Repair Report

ANCASTER HIGH

Repair Report

ANCASTER MEADOW

Repair Report

BALACLAVA

Repair Report

BELLMOORE

Repair Report

BENNETTO

Repair Report

BERNIE CUSTIS

Repair Report

BILLY GREEN

Repair Report

BUCHANAN PARK

Repair Report

CATHY WEVER

Repair Report

CECIL B. STIRLING

Repair Report

CENTRAL

Repair Report

CHEDOKE

Repair Report

COOTES PARADISE

Repair Report

DALEWOOD

Repair Report

DR. DAVEY

Repair Report

DUNDANA

Repair Report

DUNDAS CENTRAL

Repair Report

DUNDAS VALLEY

Repair Report

EARL KITCHENER

Repair Report

EASTDALE

New School – No Report Required

EDUCATION CENTRE

Repair Report

ELIZABETH BAGSHAW

Repair Report

FLAMBOROUGH CENTRE

Repair Report

FRANK PANABAKER (ANCASTER SENIOR)

Repair Report

FRANK PANABAKER (FESSENDEN)

Repair Report

FRANKLIN ROAD

Repair Report

G. L. ARMSTRONG

Repair Report

GATESTONE

Repair Report

GLEN BRAE

Repair Report

GLEN ECHO

Repair Report

GLENDALE

Repair Report

GLENWOOD

Repair Report

GORDON PRICE

Repair Report

GREEN ACRES

Repair Report

GUY BROWN

Repair Report

HELEN DETWILER

Repair Report

HESS STREET

Repair Report

HIGHVIEW

Repair Report

HILL PARK

Repair Report

HILLCREST

Repair Report

HOLBROOK

Repair Report

HUNTINGTON PARK

Repair Report

JAMES MACDONALD

Repair Report

JANET LEE

Repair Report

LAWFIELD

Repair Report

LINCOLN ALEXANDER

Repair Report

LISGAR

Repair Report

MARY HOPKINS

Repair Report

MEMORIAL SC

Repair Report

MEMORIAL

Repair Report

MICHAELLE JEAN

Repair Report

MILLGROVE

Repair Report

MOUNT ALBION

Repair Report

MOUNT HOPE

Repair Report

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Repair Report

MOUNTVIEW

Repair Report

NORA FRANCES HENDERSON

Repair Report

NORWOOD

Repair Report

PARKDALE

Repair Report

PAULINE JOHNSON

Repair Report

PRINCE OF WALES

Repair Report

QUEEN MARY

Repair Report

QUEEN VICTORIA

Repair Report

QUEENSDALE

Repair Report

R. A. RIDDELL

Repair Report

R. L. HYSLOP

Repair Report

RAY LEWIS

Repair Report

REBECCA STREET

Repair Report

RICHARD BEASLEY

Repair Report

RIDGEMOUNT

Repair Report

ROCKTON (BEVERLY CENTRAL)

Repair Report

ROCKTON (DR . JOHN SEATON)

Repair Report

ROSEDALE

Repair Report

ROUSSEAU

Repair Report

RYERSON

Repair Report

SALTFLEET

Repair Report

SHANNEN KOOSTACHIN

New School – No Report Required

SHERWOOD

Repair Report

SIR ALLAN MACNAB

Repair Report

SIR ISAAC BROCK

Repair Report

SIR WILFRID LAURIER

Repair Report

SIR WILLIAM OSLER

Repair Report

SPENCER VALLEY

Repair Report

SPRING VALLEY

Repair Report

STRATHCONA

Repair Report

TAPLEYTOWN

Repair Report

TEMPLEMEAD

Repair Report

TIFFANY HILLS

Repair Report

VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY

Repair Report

W. H. BALLARD

Repair Report

WATERDOWN

Repair Report

WESTDALE

Repair Report

WESTMOUNT

Repair Report

WESTVIEW

Repair Report

WESTWOOD

Repair Report

WINONA

Repair Report

YORKVIEW

Repair Report

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

Repair Report

ORCHARD PARK

Repair Report

LAKE AVENUE

Repair Report

What steps did HWDSB take after September 2020?

  • HWDSB ensured that air was being exchanged, and fresh air was entering occupied spaces.
  • We performed “air flushes” of all spaces before occupants re-entered the buildings. This was done daily by having mechanical systems operate in “occupied” mode, which provides ventilation to the building, starting at 6 a.m. before students and staff entered the building. Systems continued to operate in this mode throughout the day.
  • In addition, we purchased 150 air purifiers with filters to aid with filtration and ventilation for rooms/areas where there is insufficient air flow.

What is HWDSB doing now?

  • HWDSB will continue to ensure that air is being exchanged, and fresh air is entering occupied spaces. Building fresh air was increased where possible through building automation systems to maximize ventilation rates.
  • We will continue to perform “air flushes” of all spaces before occupants re-entering the buildings. This will be done daily by having mechanical systems operate in “occupied” mode, which provides ventilation to the building, starting at 6 a.m. before students and staff enter the building. Systems will continue to operate in this mode throughout the day.
  • Air changes per hour (ACH) will depend on the school and its mechanical systems. We aim for 4-6 AC, which will increase if calculating using filtered ACH rates.
  • 30 ventilation projects are being funded through the CVRIS program.
  • HEPA filter, also known as high-efficiency particulate absorbing filter, units will be provided in accordance with Ministry direction.
  • We will continue to plan window upgrades and HVAC projects as part of our regular capital planning with SCI and SRA.

What is the status of HWDSB’s CVRIS ventilation projects?

  • All of the CVRIS ventilation projects have been tendered, are underway, or complete.
  • Projects that are completed or to be completed for September 8, 2021 include: Ancaster Meadow, CB Stirling, Gatestone, Gordon Price, James Macdonald, Lawfield, Memorial City, Millgrove, Norwood Park, RA Riddell, Ray Lewis, SWL, SWO, Westview.
  • Projects that will be completed over the fall and for the Ministry of Education funding deadline of December 31, 2021 include: Balaclava, Bennettto, Buchanan Park, Dundana, Flamborough Centre, Franklin Road, Highview, Hill Park, Huntington Park, Lisgar, Michaelle Jean, Mount Albion, Richard Beasley, Rosedale, Westmount, Yorkview.

How will HWDSB use HEPA units?

  • HWDSB will receive 794 HEPA units for deployment for September 2021. In addition, we will receive $120,000 funding for additional units, filters, and other related supplies.
  • We are purchasing an additional 95 HEPA units with the additional $120,000 funding, leaving approximately $45,000 for filters and other needs.
  • Our total of HEPA units will be 1,039 (150 from last year, 794 from the Ministry of Education announcement, and 95 purchased with the additional funding).
  • All 1,039 HEPA units will provided in accordance with the Ministry direction and where we have active ventilation projects underway and not yet completed.
  • Schools without mechanical ventilation will be receiving HEPA units in classrooms and shared spaces. These buildings (exhaust only – Tier 3, as defined by the Ministry of Education) represent approximately 20% of our schools.
  • HEPA units will also be placed in Kindergarten spaces, regardless of the ventilation system in place. 270 Kindergarten classrooms will receive HEPA units.
  • The Ministry-provided HEPA units will be provided one per class for those that qualify. We have received approximately 750 units with more on the way. Approximately 300 have been deployed to schools as of August 26. Our targeted completion is September 3.
  • HEPA units will run while rooms are occupied (all day) and are designed to do so. Capacity depends on fan speed and model ranging from 200-450 CADR.

What HWDSB schools are Tier 3 and what does that mean?

  • There are three tiers of ventilation as identified by the Ministry of Education. They are Tier 1 (supply, return, exhaust), Tier 2 (supply, exhaust) and Tier 3 (exhaust). Tier 3 schools are typically heated with radiators and have exhaust units for moving air. These schools will be receiving HEPA units.
Tier 3 Tier 2 Tier 1
A. M. Cunningham

Ancaster H & VS

Bennetto

Buchanan Park

Ecole Elementaire Michaelle Jean

Frank Panabaker North

Franklin Road

George L. Armstrong

Highview

Holbrook

Huntington Park

Mary Hopkins PS

Norwood Park

Richard Beasley

Rousseau PS

Tapleytown PS

Westmount SS

Westwood

Billy Green E S

Pauline Johnson

Westview

Yorkview S

Adelaide Hoodless

Allan A. Greenleaf School

Ancaster Meadow

Balaclava PS

Bellmoore

Bernie Custis SS

Cathy Wever Elementary School

Cecil B. Stirling

Central

Chedoke

Cootes Paradise

Dalewood

Dr. J Edgar Davey

Dundana PS

Dundas Central S

Dundas Valley Secondary School

Earl Kitchener

Flamborough Centre Senior PS

Frank Panabaker South

Gatestone

Glendale

Glenwood

Gordon Price

Greensville PS

Guy Brown

Helen Detwiler

Hess Street

Hill Park System Alternative Education

Hillcrest

James Macdonald

Janet Lee PS

Lake Avenue

Lawfield Elementary School

Lincoln M. Alexander

Lisgar

Memorial PS (Hamilton)

Millgrove PS

Mount Albion  PS

Mount Hope PS

Mountview

New Eastdale

New Glen ES (Viola Desmond)

Nora Frances Henderson Secondary

Orchard Park SS

Parkdale

Prince of Wales

Queen Mary

Queen Victoria

Queensdale

R A Riddell

Ray Lewis PS

Rebecca Street Alternative Education

Ridgemount

Rockton PS

Rosedale

Ryerson

Saltfleet HS

Shannen Koostachin

Sherwood SS

Sir Allan MacNab SS

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

Sir William Osler Elementary School

Sir Winston Churchill SS

South Meadow Elementary School

Spencer Valley PS

Spring Valley

Strathcona

Templemead

Tiffany Hills

Viscount Montgomery

W. H. Ballard

Waterdown DHS

Westdale

Winona

Collegiate Avenue  PS

What types of filters is HWDSB using?

  • MERV 13 is a rating of filter used in supply and return air systems. Not all systems can accommodate MERV 13, so we have increased the level of MERV where we can.
  • Roughly 35% of our schools now operate with MERV 13 filters.
  • Roughly 45% of our schools have increased MERV filter values.
  • Roughly 20% of our schools (18) are defined as Tier 3 by the Ministry of Education, meaning they have exhaust systems only, which are not mechanically ventilated, and will be equipped with HEPA units.
  • More school-specific information regarding filters will be shared in the Standardized Ventilation Reports on September 3.

Is HWDSB monitoring carbon dioxide (CO2) levels?

  • Classrooms will not be receiving any additional CO2 monitors if the school’s mechanical systems are not already equipped with them. CO2 monitoring is not required to be installed by Code, but through new construction and renovations, HWDSB follows best practices and installs CO2 monitoring at locations that can benefit from its use.
  • CO2 monitors are interlocked with HVAC units, which in turn will increase the amount of ventilation classrooms as CO2 levels increase. Not all HWDSB schools have mechanical ventilation, and therefore would not benefit from CO2 monitoring.
  • HWDSB’s CVRIS projects do include the introduction of CO2 monitoring, where applicable. CO2 monitoring is only beneficial in specific mechanical systems, and not all equipment can accommodate them.
Updated on Friday, September 03, 2021.
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