Facilities Inspection List
A 2004 legal settlement 1 in the Williams v. California school finance case has led to new efforts to improve conditions in the state’s most academically needy schools. A set of laws passed following the settlement established an inspection program to ensure that those schools are in good repair and free of major health and safety hazards.
Check for odors caused by a gas leak, and inspect for broken pipes.
Check for exposed wires and inadequate lighting. Look for outlets, switchplates, and junction boxes that are not covered or working properly.
3. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
Make sure the heating and airconditioning systems work. Check for blocked ventilation units and ensure that facilities are vented.
4. Fire Safety
Check for missing or damaged sprinkler heads. Be sure emergency alarms are functional and fire extinguishers are present and within expiration date.
Check for signs of flooding.
Inspect for holes in walls, floors, or ceilings. Look for rodent droppings or odors caused by pest infestation.
7. Windows, Doors, Gates
Check to see if they are broken, missing, or have locks or hardware that do not function.
8. Structural Damage
Check for severe cracks, sloping or sagging floors, and missing posts or beams. Dry rot or mold in structural components should also be reported.
9. Interior Surfaces
Inspect for tears, missing ceiling or floor tiles, holes, or water damage. Mildew and mold also indicate a problem.
Inspect for inaccessible drinking fountains, loose fixtures, and inadequate water pressure. Look for leaks, moss, mold, or unclear water.
Facilities should be open and fully operational during school hours and should be stocked with necessary supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, and paper towels or functional hand dryers. Restrooms should be clean.
12. Uniform Complaint Process
A notice on the process should be visibly posted, and complaint forms should be available in the office.
13. Additional Inspection Sites
Cafeteria, office, staff lounge, other lounge areas, library, Reading First room, counseling center, speech room, storage areas.
Vol. 25, Issue 16, Page 23Published in Print: January 4, 2006, as List: Facilities Inspection