To anyone working in a school, whatever your job might entail, look around and take note of the cleanliness of the facility. Is the school a gleaming bastion of educational excellence, or is it tainted by mould, vermin and dust? Is it a school that will make parents want to send their children there?
The cleanliness of our schools is frequently called into question by parents, with many preferring to prepare packed lunches for their children so that they won’t eat at the school’s cafeteria. This isn’t strictly about ensuring proper nutrition, either; sometimes they just don’t trust the cleanliness of the cafeteria.
Unclean schools face a much bigger problem than looking unsightly. A filthy school environment can have a hugely negative impact on the educational performance of students, who are much more likely to become sick in an unclean school and hence miss more days. Likewise, teachers become more suspect to being forced to take sick days, which in turn forces the school to hastily find (and pay for) a substitute. Every year, millions of pounds are spent on the provision of substitute teachers and urgent cleaning solutions, money that could instead be invested in funding greater learning resources for our children.
When a school is committed to cleanliness, its students and staff take more pride in their environment and are subconsciously more motivated to excel academically. Indeed, there is a very strong link between a very hygienic school and exceptional academic performance, just as there is between filthy schools and academic underachievement.
This infographic from Cleaning Services Group
explains in further detail why school administrators owe it to pupils to provide a sanitary school environment and suggests ways in which all stakeholders can play their part in making their school a clean one.