ATLANTA, Ga. -- 11Alive's Education Reporter Donna Lowery spent the entire day reaching out to every school district in the metro area to find outwhetheror not they had carbon monoxide sensors installed in their, respective, schools.
During her survey, she found that although many schools had carbon monoxide sensors installed manydidn'tand had no plans to install them.
Special Coverage | Protecting against carbon monoxide
Barrow -- Don't have detectors however as a result of the situation, they have spoken to the administrators of the schools and explained about the fact that they have inspections. However, she said that most of their schools are electric. There has been discussion about the issue but nothing as of yet to conclude that they will install detectors.
Carroll -- they have no CO detectors. They have not heard of plans to change unless code requirements change
Cherokee -- To ensure the safety of all students and staff, the Cherokee County School District uses prototype architectural designs for new construction that prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide within schools and offices; older CCSD facilities have been retrofitted with systems that do the same. The CCSD Office of Support Services and Facilities/Construction is reviewing the additional precaution of adding a carbon monoxide sensor to the smoke detection system installed in the ventilation system of all schools.
Clayton -- They are looking at their systems.
Cobb -- "The Cobb County School District puts staff and student safety first. In light of what occurred in Atlanta on Monday, the school district will research the feasibility of adding carbon monoxide detectors to the district's 114 school buildings. Though state code currently does not require carbon monoxide detectors in public buildings, the school district supports reasonable, practical and affordable initiatives to improve safety in schools."
Coweta -- At this time they are looking at their systems.
DeKalb -- Reviewing their systems.
Forsyth -- All of our schools are under a strict Preventive Maintenance (PM) program where the heating and air conditioning systems are checked regularly. Our schools have energy recovery units which bring in 15 CFM (cubic feet per minute) of tempered outside air per student when the class room is occupied to improve overall air quality. With our PM program and the quality design of our HVAC systems, we believe these practices provide for a safe and healthy air quality environment in our schools. However, due to recent events we are evaluating the schools to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
If you have additional questions, please direct them to our Maintenance Director Bill McKnight.
Fulton -- Fulton County Schools is committed to providing the safest learning environment possible for students. Our maintenance teams are using this recent situation as a learning opportunity to examine how we can improve our facilities and make sure a similar issue doesn't occur. There is evidence that laws need to be re-examined in respect to life safety systems, and I trust we'll hear more about the issue and possible recommendations from the legislature.
Gwinnett -- they do not have detectors.... At this time they are no talks that they are aware of to take a look at the systems.
Paulding -- Don't have any plans as of yet to get detectors.
Spalding --They check the heating system weekly.
We're waiting to her back from Fayette, Clarke, Marietta City, Decatur City, Henry, Douglas, Floyd, Douglas, Hall, Madison, Newton, Oconee, Rockdale, Troup and Walton.