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Old 03-30-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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I am. Janitor keeps leaving her big cart of cleaning supplies in the not too wide hallway at bus time. The kids rip down the hall even though we try to get most of them to walk. I moved her cart once before and nicely told her why I did and that kids (grade 3 -5) should not be trusted around this stuff. She kind of blew me off. Then she rotated to another hallway and work shift. The man that does it then never leaves this stuff out. She also has sweeeper cords all over when kids are there. Leaves mop up against wall etc. She got really mad and screamed at me while parents were picking up kids. I told her these things cannot be left inthe hall. She yelled some more and I calmly told her I was done with this. Heard later she was mad because she had to clean up duck poop. I did not invite the ducks in. What do you think? Would you just look the other way and let a kid get hurt?


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Old 03-30-2012, 07:45 PM
 
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I'd talk to her supervisor.
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Old 03-31-2012, 03:52 AM
 
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If it were me, I would not fight this battle. I would go directly to administration with this. Let him/her handle it.
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She is unprofessional
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and out of line.

I agree with the other posters...go to administration.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:50 AM
 
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You have talked with her and told her your concerns about children's safety. She continues to leave supplies out and in the way of children during dismissal. This is a safety concern. In addition, she yelled at you. Time to go up the chain of command.


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Old 03-31-2012, 05:12 AM
 
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Yes, I was going to say that's a valid health and safety issue. That's when you'd love somebody to really smash into it (but not be too hurt......).
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Old 03-31-2012, 05:53 AM
 
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I'll trade yours for mine.

I rarely ever see mine, and then he's huffy because he's having to work. He yelled at me because a kid threw away a milk container in the garbage and he had to change the trash bag . . . the same bag I'd had for well over a month. If I'm lucky, I get halfway swept once or twice a week. My room has been "spot mopped" three times the whole year. I only got that because of spills. He doesn't use the cart. That would take some effort to push.
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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Unless you're an administrator, it's not your place to tell her what she can and can't do, although I agree what she's doing is wrong. But it's not for a teacher to handle.
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:54 AM
 
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The same janitors work at my school Imateacher. They don't even sweep - they come in my room, dump the garbage, then leave.

When the students leave crap on the floor or in the desks, my para and I end up cleaning it up, so I ride my kids behinds about leaving junk anywhere. ugh
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:32 AM
 
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I would send an email or letter to my administrator outlining my concern about student safety. That will put it out there that they need to correct this situation ASAP. I would write it in a casual, friendly way but really tell of the safety issues. When I had a complaint about the cleaning crew I was told I needed to report it to their supervisor. I refused to do that. I work late, I don't want to have bad feelings with them and do not feel it is my job to supervise them.
Our administration is in absolute fear of lawsuits. The image of a child being hurt by the janitors carelessness could result in an ugly lawsuit. They would address this quickly if they know something is documented.


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Job sharing
Old 04-01-2012, 06:37 AM
 
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Now I know why our school is such a pigsty: our custodian is working three buildings-ours, Imateacher's and missenglish's! Last time I asked for a spot cleaning, I was told to "take a #$%$ number". Seriously.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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Sorry your janitor is difficult. They are can very important to keeping the school organized, so that each day can start fresh looking. Fortunately I have gotten to know ours well and that has become very helpful this past year. I sure wouldn't want their job though.
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for all your replies. I did alert the admin and supervisor. Also, for the one post who said this was not the teachers business - we are given sheets every so often to rate the janitors. I feel this is not my job and I usually do not fill it out, but we are asked.

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