Letter to the editor: N-O-W could use better cleaning methods

By ARNE LEIS | N-O-W custodian

I work for Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School as custodial maintenance. The children and I have a wonderful relationship. We greet each other with high fives, smiles and lots of wonderful hugs. Many kids call me Uncle Arne or just Arne — either greeting is with equal joy. The teachers and kids have helped me through some life-changing events. Even when I thought I hid things well, the kids saw right through me and made me realize how lucky I was to have a job like that. All of the kids and teachers are amazing.

For four-plus years now, I have tried to bring up the cleanliness of the elementary. I have asked for retraining of personnel. I have great coworkers, and with some better cleaning methods, these problems would be solved, even if management doesn’t approve.

After talking to management the last few weeks, I have been told I am too nitpicky or a complainer. I find this to be very belittling considering all of the work I have done in the past to give our kids a cleaner, healthier school environment.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, I was called to head management. I saw firsthand why nothing I have tried or suggested had been taken seriously. I was told he had let the board know what his plan was. When I asked what that might be, I was told he doesn’t answer to me.

I am calling on parents and guardians to please let the school officials know they do answer to you. Our children deserve the most germ-free and clean environment that we can give them. Let’s get ahead of the cold and flu season and not wait for December, as management seems to want to do.

P.S., They have had four-plus years already!

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