The summer's finally here, and school is out for the season. Now that classrooms will be empty, there won’t be hundreds of kids shuffling around the school, and you can finally focus on organizing the mayhem from the year, make sure that the physical spaces in your school are as clean as possible, so you minimize the amount of maintenance and cleaning work you'll have to do when everyone returns in the fall.
Here is a checklist you can follow to help ensure your school is clean, healthy, safe, and well-maintained so you can head into the summer with peace of mind. Consider using green cleaning supplies to have minimal impact on the environment and create a safe space for everyone to learn and play in.
Cleaning The Classroom
Start your cleaning in the actual classroom. Here are some tasks to complete to make sure every room is tidied and ready to be locked up for the season.
- Make sure desks and cubbies are empty
- Dust off tabletops and desks
- Sweep the floors of trash
- Clean the floors, by mopping and buffing (if hard floors)
- Vacuum the floors (if carpet)
- Erase dry erase boards and chalkboards and clean them with a cleaning solution
- Empty trash cans and recycling bins
- Empty pencil sharpeners
- Place books backs on bookshelves
- Disinfect surfaces frequently touched, like light switches and door knobs
- Cap dry erase markers, replenish chalk, discard broken chalk
- Refill printer paper
Cleaning The Cafeteria, Halls, And Student Common Spaces
There are many shared spaces in a school Here is a general overview for the steps you should take to clean spots like the gym, cafeteria, halls, and more.
- Pick up trash from the floors
- Make sure refrigerators are cleared of any old food or food goods that will expire over the summer months
- Sweep up debris and vacuum, if carpeted
- Clean and buff the floors, if they are hard floors
- Clean the windows (inside) with window cleaner and dry with paper towel
- Empty the trash cans and recycling bins
- Remove seasonal and outdated information from bulletin boards and walls
- Disinfect places that people commonly touch, like doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, and more.
- Dust hard surfaces
Cleaning School Restrooms
The bathroom gets a lot of usage at a school. Here's how to sanitize and prep it for the next season.
- Clean all toilets with a disinfectant
- Mop and sanitize the floors
- Replace all toilet paper rolls
- Empty and sanitize trash cans
- Sanitize surfaces commonly touched, like light switches, toilet flushers, hand dryers, etc.
- Refill tampon dispensers
- Clean and sanitize sinks and counters around sinks
- Refill all soap dispensers
Remember To Clean The Teachers' Lounge
At most schools, teachers have spaces where they can retreat to be on their own without students. Here's how to clean a teachers' only spaces.
- Clean and disinfect hard surfaces like desks and tables
- Disinfect objects and surfaces shared and commonly touched, like telephones, light switches, remote controls, etc.
- Clean out refrigerator and freezer of old food
- Wipe and sanitize surfaces in refrigerator
- Vacuum and shake out soft surfaces like couches, armchairs, etc.
- Empty recycling bins and trash cans
- Clean off tables of paperwork and unneeded materials
- Put away shared equipment and supplies, like pens, pencils, staplers, staplers, etc.