The crisis created by COVID-19 exposed the vast inequities in our educational system. One of the most urgent divides is in the cleaning and maintenance of our schools.
School workers who clean and maintain schools have struggled with staffing cuts and impossible workloads for years. Without clear cleaning and staffing standards and consistent funding, school districts have continued to make cuts and undervalue the importance of school cleanliness.
Schools in less affluent areas and students of color are most affected – impacting the learning and safety of our most vulnerable communities.
The pandemic has taught us that we need to do more to ensure that all students and staff have access to safe, sanitized and healthy campuses. We need to do more than just reopen with the same old problems: we need to do better.