Temperature & CO2 Classroom Evaluation at Andover High School

Project Partner: Energize Andover, Summer 2020

Project Summary:The project centered on the analysis of Andover High School’s continuous monitoring system for carbon dioxide (CO2) and temperature to identify classrooms with ventilation issues to share Facilities for further evaluation. Through a collaboration between a high school intern at Energize Andover, Kate compiled the high school monitoring data and found seven rooms with sensor issues and 26 classrooms with high CO2 concentrations for more than half the school day. Kate also provided up-to-date scientific evidence about the airborne transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In presenting on the importance of ventilation and filtration in schools to reduce the risk of transmission, stakeholders pushed for a subsequent evaluation of the HVAC system as recommended by various government agencies. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the actions taken to improve air quality and ventilation indoors could have important effects on reducing risk transmission and simultaneously impacting human health in other ways.

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Andover Green Advisory Board Meeting over Zoom during the COVID-19 Pandemic