Thanks to Dawn Gouge, Ph. D., of the University of Arizona for sharing these helpful links to best practices in cleaning to protect students, teachers, faculty and staff during the flu season.
Below are a series of fact sheets from the NEA Health Information Network created on cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting various school environments.
Thanks to Jennie Young (NEA) for the information.
Stay healthy for the holidays!
Dawn H. Gouge, Ph. D.
University of Arizona – MAC Experiment Station
37860 West Smith-Enke Road,
Maintaining restroom floors that not only are clean, but also look clean, can be a challenge. Selecting the right combination of sealer/finish, disinfectant, and cleaning procedures is key to proper maintenance for this unique, high traffic environment. Our peers on the Facility Masters Listserv shared their best practices related to the proper care and maintenance for Terrazzo floors in restrooms.
“We use ‘Buckeye Castleguard’ on our Lavatory Terrazzo, as well as all the other Terrazzo. It holds up fine for the entire year. We alternate (every other day) our Quaternary Disinfectant and Peroxide based Sanitizer in our cleaning schedule to reduce build up film from the ‘Quat’. We have been getting complimented on the quality of the shine on our Terrazzo since we started using this product 13 years ago. Our corridors and lavatories shine like the first day of school on the last day of school.” Read more…
Encouraging and enabling our maintenance and operations team members to expand their skills and advance their careers through professional development and training opportunities is essential to leading a workforce of employees who are experts in their fields and strive to maintain excellent facilities for learning.
This should most certainly include your custodial staff, which is responsible for ensuring that the educational environment is clean and healthy for students and teachers, as well as for ensuring that your facilities look clean and inviting for all who enter their doors.
A peer on the Facility Masters Listserv, Jerry Lamping, recommended the following professional development and certification programs for the custodial team: Read more…
The Facility Management Department Customer Satisfaction Survey at the top of the page has a section for custodial evaluations. Hope you find it helpful
Our colleagues write:
Glass cleaner is what we have used for years. It also saves on the cost of buying a cleaner just for the boards.
½ ammonia ½ water works great.
Warm water is what we have found in our school system that works the best
We also use a lite window cleaner. It works well.
A green cleaning program would use the glass cleaner approved for the facility. Ammonia would be considered a health hazard and not approved for use in the school.
Some of my colleagues recommend cleaning white boards with only water and micro fiber wipes – and not use chemical cleaning products that leave a residue that will interact with the dry erase marker ink and cause heavy “ghosting “ – they report that cleaner residues impact the performance of any white board no matter what the brand –
In my experience, the primary reasons for prolonged resistance to backpack models is often tied to effective, consistent training and discipline of the individual user. The common misconception associated with the term “Backpack” lends a casual bystander to think the weight is carried and stressed placed on the back of the user. Anyone who has been properly trained and experienced with the ”Pro Team coach” series knows that this is not the case. In my organization the operators have been very vocal and expressive on their initial concerns. From a staff of over a hundred custodians there are only two exceptions who both have ergonomic issues from preexisting conditions that make the backpack unfeasible. For these operators, substitutions have been provided in the form of an upright and a canister respectively.
What we discovered from analysis and survey was that each wearer needed to adjust the units to their particular body dynamics (As per training program) . As long as they remained the proprietary user of that specific device, then proper fit and weight displacement was maintained. The straps around hips, chest and shoulders were correctly aligned thus keeping the center of gravity maintained over the hips as opposed to pulling backward or down on the shoulders. If logistics or budget require the device to be shared by multiple operators; then discipline comes into play at this point. This scenario requires the device be properly readjusted each time it is used. Once the fit was correct , the employment of the device with a consistent observance of body ergonomics was the last piece to a the puzzle. This retraining takes time to perfect but once the benefits and versatility are fully explored, then the operator can make full use over the course of a full shift and recognize time savings in areas of soil removal and time management.
The few holdouts who resisted change were allowed to express their objective opinions and concerns. The Pro Team representative was able to address these issues and conduct hands on, real time demonstrations and find realistic workable solutions. With peer analysis, feedback and ongoing training to reinforce proper safety procedures for equipment use our transition was successful. My final assessment: no one piece of equipment can do it all. The canisters and upright units have their place. It is still about finding the best tool for the job at hand to support IAQ, and overall cleanliness.
Director Custodial Operations
San Ramon Valley Unified School District