Parents of students in the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District (ISD) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas are engaged in a conversation about the impact of environmental health on learning.
“Parents here are in tune with the issues,” said Tom Browning, director of facility services. “Whether it is via the Internet or CNN, they know if there’s an outbreak of flu or new research about indoor air quality. They ask a lot of questions. They are a very savvy community.”
From having designated areas of the district that are peanut-free or gluten-free, to having a dedicated Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Specialist to respond if the students are having increased allergies or asthma attacks, school administrators accommodate the specific needs of students, determined to give them a learning-friendly environment.
Maintaining A Certain Standard
All schools in the district are held to this high standard, whether it is academic outcomes — their graduation rate is 94 percent — or janitorial practices.
When Tom Browning came on board as director of facility services, he came from a background in manufacturing.
With knowledge of lean practices and an eye for process management, he is helping transition the district to Team Cleaning, starting with one middle school as a beta test.
“The efficiencies you can gain with having an established process made so much more sense than zone cleaning,” said Browning.
“We’ve been going through processes and times and seeing where we need to make tweaks. I like that it isn’t rigid. I can modify it to fit our schools.”
What Is It?
Team Cleaning utilizes specialists who perfect one set of tasks throughout a facility: A light-duty specialist, a vacuum specialist, a restroom and a utility specialist.
The purpose is to streamline processes and tasks, eliminating unnecessary backtracking, stops-and-starts and product waste.
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD made the plunge to Team Cleaning just as ProTeam®, the vacuum vendor of the Team Cleaning system, released their Next Generation of backpack vacuums.
Browning was able to get some of the first models of the new Super Coach Pro™ off the assembly line.
With the Super Coach Pro, ProTeam aimed to optimize user comfort and productivity through a number of design improvements.
The most striking change from previous models is the triangular shape of the unit.
“The custodians have made positive remarks. They really like the low profile of the triangle shape. It doesn’t knock things off desks or bump into walls,” said Browning.
“The new latches also improve efficiency when emptying the filter bag. If we can shave a couple seconds off anything a custodian does, it eventually adds up, and we can use that time elsewhere.”
One feature that helped convince the district’s health-conscious administrators to adopt the Super Coach Pro was the vacuum’s Four Level® Filtration with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA).
It is 99.97 percent effective at filtering allergens and pollutants down to 0.3 microns in size, protecting sensitive students and improving the health of the facility.
The next Team Cleaning seminar will be held August 13 and 14 at The Bristol Hotel in San Diego, California. Visit www.TeamCleaning.com for more information.
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