Arizona hasn’t inspected any school buildings since the pandemic started, despite concern over ventilation issues

More fresh air pumped into schools and disinfecting fog are a few things being done at this Fort Myers school./Screengrab/Fort Myers –News Press

By Lily Altavena | Arizona Republic

While New York City inspected every school building for proper ventilation this fall before reopening schools, the Arizona agency legally mandated with inspecting schools took no action to inspect ventilation systems amid the pandemic.

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And while teachers and students are returning to schools, the agency’s inspectors have not.

The School Facilities Board paused inspections as the pandemic began in March, according to agency Spokeswoman Megan Rose, even as fears over ventilation issues rose.

State law requires that the School Facilities Board inspect all district school buildings once every five years for building deficiencies and conduct preventive maintenance inspections at 20 randomly selected districts every 30 months.

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