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ERIC Number: EJ862995
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0003-0945
Measured Success
Keating, Tom
American School & University, v82 n2 p29-30 Oct 2009
Many students think custodians are hired to pick up after them. And sometimes adult workers voice similarly negative impressions. What can education institutions do about this negative and improper thinking? Because of heightened concerns about invisible pathogens such as MRSA and swine flu, improved technologies are available to measure bacteria or organic matter that feeds bacteria. Progressive custodial departments are using these devices--known as ATP meters (used to measure levels of adenosine triphosphate--the energy molecule present in all living cells)--in their day-to-day cleaning rounds. This article discusses how custodians in many schools have professionalized their approaches, training and equipment, and integrated the use of measured cleaning methods to foster enhanced respect for their roles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A