The Environmental Safety Improvement Plan
To accelerate the improvement of environmental conditions in our schools, we are taking initial actions to:
- Better identify concerns, increase our responsiveness, and address known asbestos issues
- More proactively and effectively manage environmental safety and capital projects
- Better educate and empower our staff and community about environmental safety in our schools
Download the plan to learn more about how we’re achieving these goals, here:
+ November 2019 update
Defining the Challenge - Detailing our Needs
We are making progress toward a clean, safe and welcoming learning environment for every student, but there’s more to be done. This document explains what the District needs in order to give our students and staff all that they deserve.
The School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Environmental Management Services (OEMS), under direct supervision and guidance from the Chief Operations Officer, is tasked with overseeing, evaluating, and reducing the risk of environmental hazards in our schools.
The purpose of the EAC is to engage representatives from across our city in the conversation about our progress and plans to address environmental conditions such as asbestos and lead in our schools. The District’s Office of Environmental Management & Services (OEMS) will provide the EAC with quarterly updates, listen to members’ feedback for consideration, and respond to questions that they may have so they can be informed advocates of this work in their communities.
New! $500 Million in Capital Funds
In October 2019, the School District borrowed an additional $500 million in capital funds to support the next phase of school improvements. To support these projects, the District will be hiring a new Program Management firm by February 2020 that will partner with the Operations Team and provide comprehensive project management, design, and communications support.