Rigorous process prepares Valley schools for return of students

Nancy Kelly
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AVRSB custodial staff conduct a “comprehensive regimen” of deep-cleaning floors, washing walls and each and every piece of furniture in each school over the summer months.

Each year in July and August schools across the Valley region undergo a thorough, deep-cleaning in readiness for an influx of students in early September.

The Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, which employs 100 custodians across its network of 43 schools and work sites, has “very high standards” in place to ensure all schools receive the same cleaning treatment, explained Richard Lloyd, coordinator of property services for the Valley board.

Lloyd said as soon as schools let out for summer, custodial staff begin a “comprehensive regimen” of deep-cleaning floors, washing walls and each and every piece of furniture in each school.

“It is very time consuming work and we work right up until the first day back in September,” to get it all done, said Lloyd of the process that involves moving all furnishings in order to ensure a full surface-cleaning of all classroom, program and administrative spaces and equipment. Hardwood gymnasium floors are recoated each year as well. 

Lloyd acknowledged the AVRSB’s protocols for school cleaning have become more rigorous over the years and now include using only environmentally safe products. He credits permanent and summer relief custodial staff for taking “enormous pride” in the work they do and for juggling their duties to accommodate day camp and community program use during the summer months.

“Our custodians are important members of our school communities,” said Lloyd, adding they are an “essential component” of the school board’s operations.

Board superintendent Margo Tait echoed Lloyd’s position, noting the extensive efforts carried out by custodial staff in the summer months and throughout the school year contribute to “creating safe and healthy” work and education sites across the region. 

The first day of class for most AVRSB schools is Sept. 4. 

Organizations: Annapolis Valley Regional School Board

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