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They say it takes a village!!!! True now more than ever. Covid-19 has changed the way many of us do business, but specifically with health and safety. There’s also a recognition that many important parts of our village are not as visible as others. 

Today, I’d like to take a few moments to honor, celebrate and make our custodial staff more visible for the incredible job they all do.  The need for constant sanitation and cleaning has made an already difficult job even more so.

When we show up in the morning, our offices, classrooms, and learning spaces look spectacular. There’s also a piece of mind that they are sanitary and safe. Like many other positions this part of our village is understaffed and yet they show up everyday and work hard without question.

As we take advantage of being outdoors more often we also track in more sand, dirt, and other things than need to be cleaned up. Without hesitation, our custodians sweep in (pun intended) and make sure that our floors are clean, dry, and safe for our students and staff. It’s like a well orchestrated dance that happens often without us even noticing that it has happened. 

Our custodians are also essential with our efforts to minimize our environmental impact. Each night our recycling gets to where it needs to be. My new learning is the same for compost. I was in Fletcher the other day and saw a student asking a custodian what happens to the compost? Sure enough there was a quick conversation and I believe the student was happy to hear his answer. 

Custodians, you are a vital part to the FWSU village! We see you, appreciate you, and could not do it without you. I encourage folks to show your acknowledgement and appreciation as well.

 Scott Thompson is the Director of Curriculum of Franklin West Supervisory Union and is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY. You can follow him on Twitter @Stboatervt

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