Summer maintenance tips for schoolsJuly 14th, 2015 Category: Secondary Education
Nowadays many schools will be busy preparing for the start of the new school year in September.
Although school is shut for the summer, there are still many preparations that teachers will need to make for the year ahead.
Therefore, it makes sense that schools start preparing themselves sooner, rather than later.
Below, we have listed some of the ways schools can maintain their facilities, prepare, and bring in extra income before the kids return.
Summer is exam time for many students and even those that are not taking any formal examinations, will have completed tests and assignments in the run-up to the holidays.
Therefore, if there is still a great deal of marking to do, then it may be worth offering extra overtime, or bringing in new temporary staff to fill in the gaps.
One of the biggest considerations for schools is the maintenance of the school building. Although the school itself may not be in use, it represents a fantastic opportunity to do some essential maintenance, decorating and cleaning work.
For example, if your school building is falling into a state of disrepair, then why not revamp it while the building is empty?
Similarly, it is also a good time to do some deep-cleaning, and making sure that every inch of the school is given a once-over, ready to open again in September.
It also gives you a good opportunity to get rid of any junk and unnecessary waste that is no longer needed.
Rather than wait until everyone has returned, it is much better to negotiate these things when nobody is around to interrupt or interfere with the maintenance process.
Ensuring that both kids and staff return to a refreshing and clean environment is also likely to boost productivity and morale.
Organising the schedules of your staff members and knowing exactly who you have on your books is another important issue that you should sort out long before everything begins again at the start of the school term.
Similarly any contractors, or cleaning agencies you plan to use should be outlined ahead of time.
Renting out rooms
Some schools like to rent out rooms or halls while everyone is away. This is perfectly logical, as it is an easy way to raise revenue while the kids are away.
These should ideally be booked and double checked before the school holidays so that you know exactly who will be using the school and when.
Of course, it goes without saying that the facilities should be clean and presentable beforehand – and checked afterwards as well.