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Should teachers be asked to deep clean schools?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by ValerieJeanSimpson, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. ValerieJeanSimpson

    ValerieJeanSimpson New commenter

    A primary school near me was forced to close for two days this week as a result of an outbreak of winter vomiting virus. Public Health advised the school to carry out a deep clean but I was surprised that the teachers were instructed by the Headteacher to carry out the deep clean over those two days. This cannot be acceptable. Surely, if the environment is unsafe for children, it's unsafe for staff. If they become infected, they will take it home to their own families and possibly spread it to children attending other schools and adults in other workplaces. Does anyone know what the normal procedure is in this situation? Who would normally carry out a deep clean in the case of a suspected pathogenic infection?
  2. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    That sounds outrageous to me. Surely the school employs a cleaning company?
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  3. ValerieJeanSimpson

    ValerieJeanSimpson New commenter

    I think it's outrageous too but that's what happened. I think I should report it to the education authority.
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  4. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    It doesn't need specialist cleaners and I'd expect the school's normal cleaning contractor to do it. Schools cannot, and should not, expect teachers to clean the school, neither in this nor any other circumstances. Teachers aren't employed to do cleaning, deep or otherwise.

    Norovirus/winter vomiting bug, although unpleasant, isn't a particularly serious illness and doesn't usually need medical treatment. Dehydration in young children is the biggest risk.


    Are you teacher there? If so contact your union asap. Do you have any connection with the school? If not it's not really up to you to do anything about it.
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  5. ValerieJeanSimpson

    ValerieJeanSimpson New commenter

  6. ValerieJeanSimpson

    ValerieJeanSimpson New commenter

    I understand their caretaker also does the cleaning and he was involved in the deep clean too but at least that's what he's employed for. I think the teachers should have refused but they didn't.
  7. ValerieJeanSimpson

    ValerieJeanSimpson New commenter

  8. ValerieJeanSimpson

    ValerieJeanSimpson New commenter

    My daughter is one of the teachers concerned.
  9. Rott Weiler

    Rott Weiler Star commenter Forum guide

    Then she should complain - not you!
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  10. ValerieJeanSimpson

    ValerieJeanSimpson New commenter

    I wish she would but she and her colleagues feel intimidated by the Head.
  11. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Which is their prerogative.

    To be honest I'd really have liked for a few previous colleagues to have had to deep clean their rooms...they might have found all the resources they'd borrowed and not returned!

    And actually a couple of days, with no children, to give my room a good clean wouldn't be the end of the world. I think I could quite enjoy it and would probably work with the colleague in the neighbouring room to do both rooms together. We'd get a good amount of rearranging and junk throwing done at the same time.
  12. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    I'm with you there @caterpillartobutterfly - I remember the days when the 'deep clean' in the summer holidays really was a deep clean! When we used to have to pack all the books away so that the bookcases could be washed … and the chairs were taken out into the playground and scrubbed. Sadly, it doesn't happen like that any more, so I often find myself spending a day or two of the summer holidays in my classroom, up to my elbows in soapy water. It's quite therapeutic, especially if you have good music, chocolate and a colleague to share the work with!

    All of that aside, I don't think it's acceptable for teachers to be instructed to clean their classrooms in the circumstances described by the OP.

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