Following the recent lockdown, many parents agree that schools need to remain open so that our children get access to the education they need. However, there are also widespread concerns about how clean and safe their learning environment is.
A post-lockdown survey of 700 schools carried out by the Scottish education union highlighted the fact that nearly 80% of them had witnessed a reduction in the frequency and quality of cleaning as a result of budget cuts. Worryingly, the report also discovered that some schools did not have a daily cleaning regime and shared surfaces were not cleaned regularly.
Although the report covers one area of the UK, it is fair to suggest that this worsening of cleaning standards is a significant concern when it comes to maintaining health and safety protocols across every region and keeping our children as safe as possible from the threat of infection.
The right cleaning products
Another area of concern that was highlighted in the report was the fact that cleaners were not supplied with the right cleaning products, or were simply given access to water only, which is clearly inadequate if you are going to achieve decent clean-up standards.
Another notable issue was that if a cleaner was absent for any reason, no cover was arranged and the school was left to deteriorate until they returned.
Maintaining the cleanliness of classrooms and common areas around the school has to be a high priority when you consider that the threat of COVID-19 still looms. The report concludes that schools must find an appropriate way to ensure that their buildings are properly cleaned.
The benefits of hiring a professional cleaning service
Using a professional commercial cleaning service would go a long way to tackling the key issues highlighted in the survey. For example, daily cleaning schedules could be maintained continually and not subjected to sick leave and absences. The right cleaning products and standards would also be maintained on a daily basis, helping to remove concerns about how safe the classrooms and common areas are for children.