Arkansas - Air Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to address indoor air quality in schools.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-21-808. Public School Facilities Custodial, Maintenance, Repair, and Renovation Manual

a) The purposes of the Public School Facilities Custodial, Maintenance, Repair, and Renovation Manual and this section are to:

  • (1) Provide for the long-term conservation and protection of public school facilities;
  • (2) Eliminate the deterioration of existing and future public school facilities;
  • (3) Provide a safe and healthy environment for students, teachers, administrators, and staff of the public schools; and
  • (4) Provide for the efficient use of state and local funds in support of academic facilities in each school district in the state.

(b)

  • (1) The manual shall contain standards for custodial operations related to public school facilities.
  • (2) Standards for custodial operations in public school facilities shall include the following:
    • (A) The required contents of a custodial care plan;
    • (B) A suggested schedule for routine care and renovation cleaning;
    • (C) Levels of personnel necessary to perform custodial operations;
    • (D) Training criteria for the use and storage of supplies and equipment, with emphasis given to chemical right-to-know, indoor air quality, and other applicable standards;
    • (E) Supplies and equipment necessary to perform custodial operations, including space standards for the proper storage of supplies and equipment;
    • (F) In-service training opportunities for custodial personnel;
    • (G) Designation of routine duties;
    • (H) Designation of renovation cleaning duties; and
    • (I) Suggested schedule for the sanitary inspection of all school buildings.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-21-813. Inspections

(a) The Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation shall conduct random unannounced on-site inspections of all academic facilities to ensure compliance with the school district's facilities master plan and, if applicable, the school district's facilities improvement plan in order to preserve the integrity of and extend the useful life of public school academic facilities and equipment across the state.

(b) The division shall submit reports regarding its on-site inspections of academic facilities to the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation within thirty (30) days of completion of the on-site inspections.

(c) Based on the division's on-site inspection or notification by the division to the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation that the changes or additions to a school district's facilities master plan or facilities improvement plan required by the division have not been implemented within the time period prescribed by the division, the Commission for Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation shall restrict the use of the necessary funds or otherwise allocate funds from moneys appropriated by the General Assembly.

(d) The division shall work with state agencies and commissions requesting inspection assistance for those areas in which the state agency or commission has primary responsibility to conduct lawfully required inspections.

(e) The division shall work with school districts, state agencies, and state commissions to ensure that:

  • (1) All lawfully required inspections of academic facilities are performed, including without limitation scheduled, unscheduled, or emergency inspections of or concerning:
    • (A) Boilers;
    • (B) Electrical systems;
    • (C) Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems;
    • (D) Natural gas piping systems;
    • (E) Liquid propane gas systems;
    • (F) Plumbing systems, including without limitation reduced pressure zone valves;
    • (G) Indoor air quality systems;
    • (H) Fire prevention;
    • (I) Elevators;
    • (J) Occupational safety and health issues;
    • (K) Water wells; and
    • (L) Asbestos; and
  • (2) The division receives the same report on the same date that a school district receives a report concerning a lawfully required scheduled or unscheduled inspection or reinspection of an academic facility.

(f) If an inspection or code violation is reported in the course of an inspection or reinspection conducted by a state agency or commission, the division shall work closely with the school district and the appropriate state agency or commission to ensure the violation is remedied within thirty (30) days of the date the inspection or code violation is reported or as soon as reasonably possible thereafter.

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