Cleaner classrooms

February 27th, 2014 Category: Educational Establishments

After children file out of the school gates and teachers escape the classroom for another day, the cleaners come on to the scene. They make sure every inch of the school is fit for another day of learning.

Their job is incredibly important, as they work hard to keep schools hygienic, as well as making sure children and staff stay healthy. Imagine the disruption that would happen if a virus broke out across a school or if the building had to be closed down to be fumigated.

There are a few small things school staff can do to give cleaners a helping hand when it comes to keeping teachers and children happy and healthy.

Usually the first thing that catches the eye when entering a classroom is the whiteboard or blackboard. A cleaner will want to ensure it’s wiped clean so that it is ready to use first thing in the morning.

If there is something that needs to be kept on the board this should be crystal clear to avoid it being rubbed off. 

By simply writing the word ‘save’ next to anything that needs to be kept until the next day or permanently the cleaner will instantly know that it needs to stay and they can clean the board around it.

School days can be long for teachers and support staff. So when the end approaches you may forget that the cleaner’s working day is just about to begin.

Children will also obviously be eager to escape the classroom as soon as they hear the bell or realise it’s almost home time. However, taking the time to ask them to stack their chairs will be a massive help to the cleaning staff.

Common practice in a lot of schools may be to ask students to place chairs on top of desks so the floor can be cleaned. Although this is done with good intentions, it means cleaners are unable to properly disinfect the tables – a place children spend most of the time when in a classroom.

By asking children to stack chairs at the back of the room, cleaning staff can hygienically clean desks, meaning bacteria and germs are killed.