When it comes to viewing schools as the businesses they are, and identifying challenges when it comes to getting that done, there’s one word that comes to mind – kids. Any profession inside of a school is possibly one of the most rewarding there is – the impact on individuals and the community is both significant and admirable. But there’s no denying, kids and clean don’t always play nice. It may be a challenge to keep schools clean, but it’s also important for their health and the well-being of all who work there. So here are a few tips to ensure your school is always in ship shape.
Have a written plan
Cleaning schools is not the time to go with a ‘hit or miss’ approach, and a written plan can make all the difference. Plus, over time that plan can be improved as new needs arise and make themselves known. If anything is proving to be in need of a deeper clean, revisit the official written document to see that it’s done either more thoroughly or more frequently, depending on what makes sense.
Take advantage of breaks
Schools are one of the only businesses that get regular extended breaks throughout the year, so absolutely take advantage of them. Every business has semi-annual cleaning needs – such as professional carpet cleanings – but not every business has a summer and winter break in which they are guaranteed to have no customers – or in this case, students.
Divide and conquer
Schools are large properties and the sheer size of them can feel overwhelming. In many cases, it’s much better to designate official zones to each portion of the school, and then make your way through them methodically so progress comes in recognizable chunks. Plus, in this way you can start with easier wins to boost morale and then move into the heavy duty areas once you’re in the groove.
Even though it may make sense to divide and conquer as noted above, it’s important to remain strategic. If any of your cleaning efforts require large or cumbersome pieces of equipment, it can be best to knock that part out in one fell swoop so you don’t need to backtrack.
Work with teachers. Since every teacher has their own classroom, talk to them about their needs, and see what gaps they can fill as a part of their daily routines. If they find they’re in need of additional support, make sure the lines of communication are open so nothing is enabled to spiral out of control that could have been prevented. Plus, teachers can always involve the students!