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Elk Grove CA Unified School District - Systems Govern Forward Steps

By PC4HS Staff

At Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), Elk Grove, CA, systems will drive improvements to the cleaning of EGUSD’s 72 buildings serving 62,000-64,000 students.

 

Tony Almeida, supervisor for custodial services, helps orchestrate 246 FTEs in a program that strives to cope with budget cuts by progressively deploying team or specialist cleaning, e.g., Process Cleaning for Health Schools (PC4HS), using the latest technologies including corded and battery-powered backpack vacuums, onsite-generated engineered water (a tap-water only process that converts water via electrolysis to a cleaner and sanitizer/disinfectant in two streams), Green Seal Certified hydrogen peroxide formulations, and other modalities.

 

What is his prescription?

 

“It’s all about training. You can’t just show a PowerPoint. You build a standardized program through trial, error, and experimentation to develop an effective process, and then take two weeks to a month working with each school’s custodians to help motivate, mold, teach, counsel, and coach those workers until they are proficient in standardized methods. 246 people cleaning 246 different ways is a nightmare we seek to avoid by teaching a consistent process as part of a documented system.”

 

Once the system is established, it can be propagated because it is streamlined, simple, and repeatable.

 

About Tony

 

Tony Almeida is a proactive custodial- and thought-leader with Elk Grove (CA) Unified School District (USD) with 29 years’ experience in the cleaning industry − 21 years in public education – and is a strong advocate of green cleaning and sustainability. He states his goal, “to bring the best available green cleaning service to schools with existing resources” enabling clean, safe, healthy, and well-maintained schools that perform.

 

Tony was a contributor to the Elk Grove Unified School District Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP), and served on the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee that developed the district’s Energy Conservation Guidelines.

 

Eight Elk Grove Unified School District high schools were recognized as “Best High Schools” by U.S. News and World Report.