I have a couple friends who are teachers, and even more who are parents. Both, I am told, have received requests from their local schools to bring cleaning supplies at the start of the school year.
Teachers have been told by their administration that funding just isn't there for smaller budget items, including microfiber cloths and muti-surface cleaning/disinfecting sprays that are used in classrooms. Meanwhile, parents are finding that supply lists from schools not only include the standard spiral notebook, pens and facial tissue, but also paper towels and hand sanitizers.
I understand that administrators are doing what they can to offset budget woes, without sacrificing a clean school, but is this really working?
I remember as a child being asked to supply a box of facial tissue to my class at the start of the school year. Being as budget-conscious as she was, my mom always purchased the least expensive option and I would wish that the week that box was out, I was as healthy as a horse so I didn't have a raw nose to accompany my head cold. I can only imagine what she would buy if she was asked to contribute paper towels, and I know she isn't aware that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends a concentration of 60 to 95 percent ethanol or isopropanol for sanitizes to be efficient.
As if that weren't bad enough, relying on teachers to understand the cleanliness requirements in their classroom enough to purchase an acceptable cleaner/disinfectant might be a stretch. And even if they did purchase an acceptable product, are they using it correctly?
Do schools really want to put the effectiveness of cleaning in the hands of uneducated parents and teachers? After all, the janitor is there for a reason. No administrator expects that janitor to teach in a pinch. Why would they expect the teachers to clean?
What are your thoughts on this?
I can't imagine how difficult it is to balance school funding, but this does seem to go against the mission of these schools. Substandard cleaning means more diseases that will be spread more rapidly through the student population, not to mention other health risks like asthma attacks from air filled with dust and other allergens. The idea is to keep the children healthy and in school where they will learn. I'm sure its a difficult process, but budget cuts should be found elsewhere.
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