Facilities Initiatives | Safe & Clean Schools
Due to the significant reduction in school custodial and maintenance services as part of the 2010-11 budget cuts, the entire school community should be attentive to efforts they can make in keeping the facilities clean and safe. By doing so, the limited custodial and maintenance resources can be effectively utilized in conducting necessary work that cannot be accomplished by others.
The following efforts by other school stakeholders are suggested:
- Students should discard paper, wrappers, bottles, cans, etc., in designated trash cans in classrooms, hallways, other buildings, and around the grounds.
- Teachers can ensure that students pick up any trash in a classroom or other teaching station at the end of each classroom period, before recess, or at the end of the day. The students should be required to clean and put away supplies after a class activity.
- Teachers should keep their classroom materials, supplies, and equipment tidy.
- Administrators can initiate a .Keep our campus clean. effort with their student body. Students can serve as mentors to fellow students on a rotating basis to remind them to keep the facilities clean and to pick up discarded trash, not to apply graffiti, etc. Student poster contests regarding campus cleanliness should be encouraged. A box could be utilized for students to anonymously report students who are observed littering or vandalizing the campus.
- Administrators and school staff should provide as much student supervision as possible to prevent vandalism by students walking the hallways or wandering the grounds unsupervised.
- Administrators should limit the areas to which students may go during lunch time. Lunch areas can be monitored by assigned student groups including student body, student organizations, athletic teams, music group members, and other groups on a rotational basis.
- Students must discard their lunch trays, food, paper, bottles, and cans into designated trash cans during each meal period. This will significantly reduce the amount of custodial time required for clean-up and also minimize pest issues such as birds, cockroaches, rodents, bees, ants, etc.
- Administrators and teachers should discourage the use of gum and encourage its proper disposal when used.
- Administrators and teachers should not permit students to carry sharpies (permanent markers).
- Although students should not clean restrooms, they can assist with restroom cleanliness by placing paper towels and other trash in the trash cans, flushing toilets and urinals after use, refraining from (1) placing .paper wads. on ceilings, (2) stopping up the sinks, toilets, and urinals, and (3) placing graffiti in the restrooms.
- Administrators can assign reasonable and non-demeaning or non-dangerous campus pick-up and beautification activities as part of student discipline consequences.
- Administrators can provide effective key control to limit student or other unauthorized access to areas on the campus which could be vandalized in the absence of a responsible school staff member.
- When craftsmen put up a barricade, the school staff and students should stay out of the area.
- The school should designate one person to serve as the primary point of contact with the CPM, particularly regarding maintenance projects. This person would provide the project scope with the Principal.s approval.