School Planning & Management

JAN 2013

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NEWS & VIEWS HotTips This Month Custodial Care MANAGING A CLEAN, HEALTHY SCHOOL A CLEAN, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT IS ONE of the best ways to ensure better attendance. It is scientifically proven that rigorous and regular cleaning is associated with major decreases in harmful pathogens that lead to illness. The first thing you will want to do is establish a "clean for health" program. You will want to start by documenting your goals, i.e. increase attendance by 3 percent per term. Next you need to create cleaning standards and methods that focus on cleaning and disinfecting HTPs (high touch points), the main culprit in spreading viruses. Start by identifying and documenting HTPs (desks, doorknobs, chairs, toilet flushes, etc.) using a CMMS (Custodial Maintenance Management Software) or other tool. Now you can establish a cleaning standard for each. For example: Clean and damp sanitize doorknobs and dispensers with disinfectant and clean cloth — five days a week. Next, train your staff on proper cleaning techniques and standards. This is key. Training of janitorial staff is paramount to the success of the program. A great way to train the staff is to mark HTPs with a UV marker prior to cleaning. After they've cleaned, go back with a black light to validate the cleaning has been done properly. The data from this training process can be loaded in your CMMS; this allows you to track and verify program progress and identify areas of concern. Once you have your program established and documented, regularly perform UV validation spot checks and track the results in your CMMS. If issues arise, you will have documented proof of the cleaning activities. >> Michael Fabian is the CompuClean manager for Spartan Chemical Company, Inc. ( He can be reached at 800/537-8990, ext. 353, or 6 { CONT. FROM PAGE 3 } Atlanta at the 35th World Energy Engineering Congress. The Twinsburg High School and Sports Complex project effort produced outstanding results; data from only six months of performance tracking showed that energy use was reduced by 46.3 percent. These results gained national attention for the project, by both the EPA's Battle of the Buildings competition and Contracting Magazine's Design/Build Awards. USGBC and Land Use Law Center announce two free resources As part of its commitment to protect children's health, the U.S. EPA has joined with the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment to promote a free, on-demand webinar on the effects of particle pollution on children. The USGBC and the Land Use Law Center at Pace Law School announced two new free resources — the Technical Guidance Manual for Sustainable Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Development Floating Zone — to help local governments leverage the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system as a sustainability tool. Both resources are available for download at no cost at technical-guidance-manual-sustainable-neighborhoods and resources/neighborhood-developmentfloating-zone. 40 West High School students of color were detained, interrogated, searched and forced to be photographed holding signs identifying them as gang members. The lawsuit was fi led in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah against the Salt Lake City Police Department, Salt Lake County, the Metro Gang Unit of the Unified Police Department, the West Valley and West Jordan police departments, and Salt Lake City School District officials. 2013 Green Schools National Conference The third annual Green Schools National Conference will be held at the at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 22 to 24. For more information, go to James D. MacConnell Symposium The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) is presenting a James D. MacConnell Symposium March 25. The one-day symposium is schedule to run from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. There will be a Welcome Reception on the evening of March 24. The symposium is entitled, "Facilities Matter: Planning Schools for the Innovation Generation." It will take place at the Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) in Overland Park, Kan. For more information, go to Lawsuit filed over gang sweep International Roofing Convention and Trade Show The American Civil Liberties Union fi led a class-action lawsuit against school and police officials in Salt Lake City on Dec. 13, over a "gang sweep," claiming students of color were detained, interrogated and falsely accused of participating in gang activity. The complaint stems from a December 2010 incident during which between 14 and The 28th RCI International Convention and Trade Show will be held March 14-19, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla. The annual event will feature over 25 hours of educational seminars, live product demonstrations and a two-day trade show. For more information, visit or call 800/828-1902. SPM SCHOOL PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JANUARY 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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