Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified a list of 24 schools as being those across the province with elevated carbon dioxide levels. In fact, they were the 24 Anglophone West District schools that don’t have mechanical ventilation systems.
Some of the New Brunswick schools that lack adequate ventilation systems have tested high for carbon dioxide, CBC News has learned, less than a week before students and teachers resume in-person classes.
Of the 60 schools with no integrated mechanical ventilation systems, air quality results for 24 of them found that “certain rooms, although safe, did have carbon dioxide (CO2) levels above 1,500 parts per million (ppm), which are less than optimal for learning,” said Department of Education spokesperson Danielle Elliott.
She did not say how high the readings were, but did say it is not until levels reach 5,000 ppm over an eight-hour period weighted average, or