The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s asbestos program for schools is mandated by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). These regulations for schools are founded on the principle of “in-place” management of asbestos-containing material (ACM). This approach is designed to prevent asbestos exposure by teaching people to recognize asbestos-containing materials and actively monitor and, where necessary, manage them in place. This webpage contains AHERA reports for all School District of Philadelphia buildings.
Capital Budget Call
The Office of Capital Programs is responsible for identifying and prioritizing capital work within the School District of Philadelphia. This includes maintaining the physical integrity of existing facilities, constructing new buildings, and renovating existing facilities to meet code compliance and to support the educational needs of the District. The Office of Capital Programs has established an evaluation committee to vet capital requests that meet the eligibility guidelines of General Obligation (G O) bonds. Find out information for submitting your capital request here.
Comprehensive School Planning Review (CSPR)
In fall 2019, the School District of Philadelphia began working with industry experts on a review process taking a system-wide look at how populations and communities across our city are projected to change to better plan for and meet the educational needs of each community’s population. The review is being conducted in four cycles, each of which will focus on different areas of the city. Information and data gained during each review cycle will be combined with school performance, building quality data and stakeholder, school and community feedback to guide recommendations to the Superintendent and Board of Education. Click here for more information and status updates.
Drinking Water Program
To guarantee that students have access to safe drinking water at school, from 2000 to 2010, the School District conducted a water testing program at its schools. Nearly 30,000 drinking water outlets were tested and all tested outlets that remain in service produced results that were below the EPA action level for lead in water of 20 parts per billion (ppb) and were safe for drinking. Click here to see the results.
Facility Condition Assessment
Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) is an industry term that describes the process of a qualified group of trained industry professionals performing an analysis of the condition of a facility or group of facilities that may vary in terms of age, design, construction methods, and materials. In 2015, the School District of Philadelphia hired Parsons Environmental & Infrastructure Group Inc. to complete a visual inspection of its educational facilities and large athletic fields. The data collected will be used to inform the District’s five-year capital program and budget.