Preparing Your Workspace for Summer Break Teaching Staff

With the end of the school year fast approaching, we are all looking forward to summer break. Use these helpful tips to develop a plan to get your room summer-ready!

Declutter Your Space Without Overloading the Garbage

  • If you have not used it in a few years, please consider disposing/recycling/donating it.
  • Do not overload garbage cans with books and paper. Use a box or place them near your door and coordinate a plan with your custodians so that they can safely remove the items from the room.

Remember Ladder Safety When Reaching Items from Heights

  • NEVER use a chair or desk as a substitute for a step ladder! Take time to get the right ladder for the job.  Please ask for help if you need to reach any items that require a larger ladder.
  • Maintain 3 points of contact when using ladders. DO NOT carry items up or down the ladder. Get help if needed.

Moving Furniture Supplies or Boxes

  • If the item(s) is heavy or awkward, please coordinate with other team members or your custodial staff prior to moving those items.
  • Use mechanical devices to move heavy objects, i.e. hand truck, carts, lifting straps.
  • Prepare your body for lifting. Make sure you are warmed up and ready for the task.
  • Use proper body mechanics. Do not rush. Take time to complete the lift safely.
  • Avoid overreaching for items. Keep them close to your body.
  • Bend at the knees to lift and move your feet. Do not twist at the waist.

Pest Proof Your Workspace

  • Messy and cluttered workspaces attract pests. Keep your workspaces clean and organized.
  •  Remove all food from your space
  • Store as many items in plastic totes to keep them safe
  • Consider removing upholstered furniture in your space as they harbor dust mites, pests, and allergen triggers.
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