Ventilation in our schools

We are working to optimize air quality in our schools through improvements in ventilation and filtration.

Ventilation is just one strategy in our ongoing effort to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and these investments are dependent on the type of ventilation and school footprint.

With the installation of 296 standalone HEPA units in school classrooms across our District, we are helping reduce the number of virus particles in the air and honouring our commitment to ensure students and staff have a safe and healthy learning and working environment. This is a strategy that is built on the fundamentals of increasing fresh air flow, increasing filter changes and increasing filter efficiency. 

Ensuring Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Settings are Maximizing Ventilation

  • Conducting assessments on all mechanical ventilation to ensure they are fully operational and servicing where necessary.
  • Prioritizing repairs for mechanical systems to ensure they are operating efficiently. 
  • Adjusting the operating schedules for all mechanical systems to maximize air flow, increase fresh air intake and increase the amount of air exchanges per day in the building. 
  • Setting the systems to run at maximum outside airflow a minimum of two hours before school starts and two hours after it ends to refresh the air before arrival and remove remaining particles at the end of the day. 
  • Maximizing outdoor air circulation (opening windows where and when possible)

District Level Improvements

During the 2020-2021 school year, the District invested $3.7 million (funded through School Condition Improvement grant and the Covid-19 Resilience Infrastructure funding) toward a total of 29 ventilation projects (or 100% of the total schools in the District).  For the 2021-2022 school year, we are investing $5.8 million toward 26 ventilation projects (88% of the total number of schools in the District). 

Understanding Ventilation Systems

Ventilation is the process of supplying or removing air from a space for the purpose of controlling the indoor air quality within the space. Our schools that use a variety of ventilation systems based primarily on when the school and any subsequent building additions were built.  The types of ventilation systems commonly in use are:

Mechanical Ventilation -- This is ventilation provided by motor-driven fans.  These systems may include supply fans which push outdoor air into a building and exhaust fans which expel air out of a building.  These systems also condition the air through the use of heating and/or cooling equipment so that air is delivered to the space at comfortable temperatures. 

Passive Ventilation – This is ventilation, also called non-mechanical or natural ventilation, delivered to the space primarily by air diffusion effects through doors, windows or other intentional openings in buildings.  In schools, air diffusion effects are often augmented through the use of exhaust fans that assist in drawing fresh air into a building. 

Combined Ventilation – Also called partial mechanical ventilation, schools that have had one or more additions built over time may have a combination of mechanical and passive ventilation systems.  Passive ventilation would typically be found in older sections of a school while newer sections would most likely be served by mechanical ventilation systems.

HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) Filters

HEPA is a type of pleated mechanical air filter. It is an acronym for "high efficiency particulate air [filter]" (as officially defined by the U.S. Dept. of Energy).  This type of air filter can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm). The diameter specification of 0.3 microns responds to the worst case; the most penetrating particle size (MPPS). Particles that are larger or smaller are trapped with even higher efficiency. Using the worst case particle size results in the worst case efficiency rating (i.e. 99.97% or better for all particle sizes).

Interested in individual school ventilation data? Click on "School Information Profile" on any school listing.

 

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Admaston Public School

182 Stone Road

Renfrew, ON

K7V 3Z5

T: 613-432-5577

F: 613-432-6067

School Information Profile

Exterior of Admaston Public School

A.J. Charbonneau Public School

225B Baskin Drive West

R.R. # 2

Arnprior, ON

K7S 0E3

T: 613-623-6512

F: 613-623-9759

School Information Profile

 

Exterior of A.J. Charbonneau Public School

Beachburg Public School

20 Cameron Street

Beachburg, ON

K0J 1C0

T: 613-582-3528

F: 613-582-7192

School Information Profile

Exterior of Beachburg Public School

Central Public School

140 Munroe Avenue East

Renfrew, ON

K7V 3K4

T: 613-432-3627

F: 613-432-6833

 

School Information Profile

Exterior of Central Public School

Champlain Discovery Public School

390 Bell Street

Pembroke, ON

K8A 2K5

T: 613-735-6575 

School Information Profile

Exterior of Champlain Discovery School

Cobden Public School

16 Cowley Street

P.O. Box 130

Cobden, ON

K0J 1K0

T: 613-646-2271

F: 613-646-2194

School Information Profile

 

A photo of Cobden District Public School

Eganville Public School

259 Jane Street

P.O. Box 787

Eganville, ON

K0J 1T0

T: 613-628-2606

F: 613-628-1964 

School Information Profile

Exterior of Eganville Public School

Herman Street Public School

15 Herman Street

Petawawa, ON

K8H 1W1

T: 613-687-2457

F: 613-687-7408

School Information Profile

Exterior of Herman Street Public School

Highview Public School

320 Herbert Street

Pembroke, ON

K8A 2Y4

T: 613-732-8761

F: 613-732-4562

School Information Profile

Exterior of Highview Public School

Killaloe Public School

100 Queen Street

P.O. Box 189

Killaloe, ON

K0J 2A0

T: 613-757-2091

F: 613-757-3819

School Information Profile

Exterior of Killaloe Public School

Mackenzie Community School

87 Brockhouse Way

P.O. Box 397

Deep River, ON

K0J 1P0

T: 613-584-3361

F: 613-584-1706

School Information Profile

 

Exterior of Mackenzie Community School

McNab Public School

1164 Stewartville Road

Arnprior, ON

K7S 3G8

T: 613-623-5746

School Information Profile

Exterior of McNab Public School

Palmer Rapids Public School

116 Burnt Bridge Road

Palmer Rapids, ON

K0J 2E0

T: 613-758-2202

F: 613-758-2924

School Information Profile

Exterior of Palmer Rapids Public School

Pine View Public School

2321 Petawawa Boulevard

Pembroke, ON

K8A 7G7

T: 613-687-2519

F: 613-687-2777

School Information Profile

Exterior of Pine View Public School

Queen Elizabeth Public School

100 Veterans' Memorial Boulevard

Renfrew, ON

K7V 2R6

T: 613-432-4845

F: 613-432-9337

School Information Profile

Exterior of Queen Elizabeth Public School

Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School

184 Bonnechere Street South

Renfrew, ON

K7V 1Z5

T: 613-432-4858

F: 613-432-7196

School Information Profile

Renfrew Collegiate Institute

Rockwood Public School

11588 Round Lake Road

Pembroke, ON

K8A 0K8

T: 613-732-3789

F: 613-732-4001

School Information Profile

Exterior of Rockwood Public School

Sherwood Public School

341 John Street

Barry's Bay, ON

K0J 1B0

T: 613-756-3048

F: 613-756-1783

School Information Profile

A photo of Sherwood Public School

Valour JK-12 School

19 Leeder Lane

Petawawa, ON

K8H 0B8

T: 613-687-2121

School Information Profile

A Picture of Valour School

Walter Zadow Public School

79 Ottawa Street

Arnprior, ON

K7S 1X2

T: 613-623-4235

F: 613-623-3874

School Information Profile

Exterior of Walter Zadow Public School

Whitney Public School

62 Post Street

Whitney, ON

K0J 2M0

T: 613-637-2171

F: 613-637-1074

School Information Profile

Exterior of Whitney Public School

Secondary Schools

The RCDSB supports seven secondary schools in the district. Below is contact information for each school and their boundaries.

B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Arnprior District High School

59 Ottawa Street

Arnprior, ON

K7S 1X2

T: 613-623-3183

F: 613-623-6973

School Information Profile 

 

Fellowes High School

420 Bell Street

Pembroke, ON

K8A 2K5

T: 613-735-6858

F: 613-735-6850

School Information Profile

FHS exterior

Mackenzie Community School

87 Brockhouse Way

P.O. Box 397

Deep River, ON

K0J 1P0

T: 613-584-3361

F: 613-584-1706

School Information Profile

Exterior of Mackenzie Community School

Madawaska Valley District High School

341 John Street

Barry's Bay, ON

K0J 1B0

T: 613-756-3048

F: 613-756-1783

School Information Profile

A photo of Madawaska Valley District High School

Opeongo High School

1990 Cobden Road

Douglas, ON

K0J 1S0

T: 613-735-7587

F: 613-649-2633

School Information Profile

Exterior of Opeongo High School

Renfrew Collegiate Institute

184 Bonnechere Street South

Renfrew, ON

K7V 1Z5

T: 613-432-4858

F: 613-432-7196

School Information Profile

RCI exterior

Valour JK-12 School

19 Leeder Lane

Petawawa, ON

K8H 0B8

T: 613-687-2121

School Information Profile

A photo of Valour School

Continuing Education - Adult High Schools

The RCDSB supports four continuing education sites - adult high schools. Below is contact information for each school and their boundaries.

Arnprior Continuing Education

59 Ottawa Street

Arnprior, ON

K7S 1X2

T: 613-623-4189

F: 613-623-4189

 

 

 

Pembroke Continuing Education

480 Mary Street

Pembroke, ON

K8A 5W9

T: 613-732-8105

F: 613-735-3219

 

 

Petawawa Continuing Education

1121 Victoria Street

Petawawa, ON

K8H 2E4

T: 613-687-2231

F: 613-687-2231

 

 

Renfrew Continuing Education

184 Bonnechere Street South

Renfrew, ON

K7V 1Z5

T: 613-432-3156

F: 613-432-3569