Sanitation and cleanliness are key to ensuring the health and safety of your students during the school year. As you purchase for the upcoming year, consider all of the surfaces and areas that your district or campus’ facilities managers need to keep clean. Everything from the air students breathe in lecture halls to the floors your elementarystudents sit on during story timeneeds to be on your building maintenance team’s radar.
Being a small school system comes with challenges but purchasing large quantities of materials and products doesn’t have to be one of them. A public school district in the Mid-Atlantic region was responsible for the procurement process of multiple items to maintain the health and wellness of their facilities. With four schools in the system consisting of 600 students, the district's staff discovered that purchasing quantities of essential janitorial and sanitation materials was a lengthy, expensive, and resource-intensive process.
Every year as summer draws to an end, families across the country start crossing items off their back-to-school checklists. Along with backpacks and school supplies, planning for the beginning of the school year includes ensuring immunizations are up-to-date and physicals are complete. As the start of the school year usually brings a wave of ‘bugs’ or infections, it’s essential to recognize the critical need to enhance cleaning and hygiene efforts in classrooms and school facilities.
Health, safety and proper maintenance of facilities are top priorities for organizations in every industry. Procurement leaders are working to align with facility managers and identify necessary products and services to keep floors in the best shape possible. There’s often a disconnect about the correct floor care products needed for diverse locations or environments. Mistakes in sourcing the right floor care products can cost millions, especially, in cases like a university campus (UCLA with 45,000+ students) or in airports like Atlanta International with more than 100 million passengers flying annually.