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Environmental Health & Safety

MPS is Ready for In-Person Students

Environmental Health & Safety has been preparing for the safe return to in-person learning for MPS students.

Watch the air quality video and see more Health & Safety videos on MPS' Phase 5 website.

Building Ventilation Reports

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) completed ventilation studies for all occupied elementary, middle school, high school buildings and central office buildings.  These studies identified improvements to the ventilation in the buildings. The basis of the recommended improvements was the guidance provided by the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) to limit virus transmission in the ventilation systems.  

Adequate outdoor air flow, or ventilation, can dilute the number of viral particles in the breathing zone.  Effective filtration can remove particles from the air that is recirculated.  However, viral particles are extremely small.  Most filters are not rated to capture particles as small as the virus that causes COVID-19, but some filters can capture a large fraction of viral-sized particles.  While it is not practical to rely only on filtration, increasing filtration levels will reduce the number of viral particles in the air. Increased filtration coupled with maximum outside air provides the best approach to limiting virus transmission through the ventilation system.

Please click here for additional information on Building Ventilation Reports.

Please click here for the HEPA-MERV 14 Filtration Summary by School.

Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Ventilation & Filtration.

Organic Herbicide & Pesticide

Minneapolis Public Schools has made great strides in reducing the use of chemicals in our grounds maintenance and we continue to move towards organic herbicide and pesticide practices. 

Please click here for additional information on MPS' organic herbicide and pesticide program.


Radon Safety Management Plan

To keep our students and staff safe, and because district leadership has placed a high priority on wellness initiatives — including radon testing — MPS initiated a radon testing program in 2017.

Please click here for additional information on radon testing in Minneapolis Public Schools.


Lead in Water Safety Plan

Minneapolis Public Schools is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning and work environment for all of our students and staff.  In accordance with Minnesota Statute 121A.335, the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education, MPS has implemented its Lead in Water Safety Plan. 

Please click here for additional information on the Lead in Water Safety Plan.


Asbestos Management Plan

In accordance with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM) in Schools Rule (40 CFR Part 763, Subpart E) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) rules and regulations, MPS monitors all ACM within its District buildings and performs periodic surveillance and re-inspections to ensure that the materials are maintained in good condition. If ACM are to be disturbed by renovation activities or if a response action is required, appropriate precautions and/or abatement methods as defined in the federal and state regulations are implemented and followed. 

Please click here to review the District-wide Asbestos Management Plan.  Individual District building Asbestos Management Plans are available for review by calling 612-668-0307 or by emailing Jason.karpe@mpls.k12.mn.us


Radiofrequency Safety

In accordance with District Regulation 7010 B regarding Radiofrequency (RF) Safety and to ensure that RF levels are in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) standards, MPS performed radiofrequency testing at all District sites where RF generating equipment is present.

Please click here to view the radiofrequency testing reports.