The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has a caring, supportive and engaged team of staff members who support learning and form the core of our school communities. One part of our amazing team is our operations staff – custodians, regional operations maintenance workers and more – who ensure that our school facilities are in tip-top shape, providing safe and clean learning and working environments for students, staff and local communities.
Each year, the SCDSB recognizes an Operations Appreciation Day, giving staff, students and parents the opportunity to express appreciation to the school and facility operations team, including custodians and regional operations maintenance employees. On Feb. 17, 2016, school staff and students are encouraged to wear grey or navy blue shirts in honour of our operations staff uniform colours, and operations staff will be permitted to dress in casual attire.
We encourage you to share positive stories about your experiences with our operations team members on social media on Feb. 17 using the hashtag #props2ops.
To start, we’re sharing excerpts from nominations submitted to our SCDSB STAR program about just a few of our exceptional operations staff.
“You are amazing, our school is lucky to have staff that appreciate our school and the students. We would be lost without you. Thank you for everything you do and do it with a smile on your face!”
“Since our custodian commenced her role, not very long ago, our office has never looked sparkly clean! She goes above and beyond to ensure that it is neat and tidy, even paying attention to the little details. It’s evident that she cares and takes pride in her work; she works very hard in ensuring that the our office is clean and it hasn’t gone unnoticed! We all agree that this “Super Star” is very deserving of receiving an SCDSB Star!”
“We have had our lead custodian for years. This morning, as I arrived, she was busily vacuuming the stairways; as students arrived in the building she was in the hallways wiping down the locker fronts. She is the go-to person for Health and Safety and just about everything else and is cheerfully on duty, taking pride in the school, in her work, and participating fully in school activities. She brought in a fifth school support staff “house” to join in with our school house system. Her humour and positive attitude is infectious; leading by example, she silently encourages others, staff and students alike, to step up a little bit more to keep our school looking good. She is a problem-solver and persistent in finding solutions to obstacles in her job (and in mine!). In addition, she is equally friendly and helpful to all members of our staff.”
“Our custodial team is extremely efficient and never complains. They have three classrooms to clean right after day care leaves at 8:30 in the morning and they still do a complete job. They remember small jobs for repairs even when we forget we mentioned them and always leave us with plenty of supplies for our classroom. They are just always happy to serve and are always seem available when we know they are busy. Our school and staff are blessed to have them in our school.”
“Our custodian is the kind of person who makes you feel good about yourself. I don’t work directly with her but I have seen her leadership and the respect that her colleagues have towards her. She takes pride in her work, and it reflects on the rest of the school. Ever since she has taken on the custodial leadership here we have noticed many positive changes. Also, she is quick to rectify concerns and has a “can do” attitude.”