The Unsung Heroes of Lowry High

The Unsung Heroes of Lowry High

By Araceli Galarza Posted: December 18, 2020

Things have changed dramatically since the beginning of the year. We are now past a year anniversary of the very first case of the devastating virus that has worked the world. The pandemic has had impacts on everything from the way we socialize with one another to the way the school’s custodians must strive to keep the school safe.

This year the janitors have made lifestyle changes. They come earlier and have different sets of methods in order to ensure that the school is clean and disinfected. According to Principal Ray Parks, different methods and techniques have been implemented.

This year the janitors have made lifestyle changes. They come earlier and have different sets of methods in order to ensure that the school is clean and disinfected. According to Principal Ray Parks, different methods and techniques have been implemented.

“All of our custodians have done a great job keeping our school clean and sanitized during this very difficult pandemic,” said Parks. “We changed their schedule so that they come into work earlier each day to do a deep cleaning and sanitize every classroom and every restroom each day. We have purchased an automated sanitation system that sprays down an entire room using a spray wand that gets our disinfectant solution onto every  part of our school buildings each night.”

Mr. Ray Parks./Courtesy • Winnada
Mr. Ray Parks./Courtesy • Winnada

Parks celebrates the janitorial staff and celebrates their hard work as well as explaining a bit of what the janitorial Staff did during the time the high schoolers weren’t allowed to roam the halls of Lowry. 

“They did a detailed school-wide deep cleaning and sanitizing in August and continue each day,” said Parks. “Our day custodian spends all day cleaning and disinfecting door handles, restrooms, and tables along with his daily duties. All of our custodians have done a great job helping to keep us safe and they are to be commended”

Gerardo Zuniga the head custodian explained the different techniques that the custodians are using to keep the schools clean and safe. They have changed their schedules in order to provide the best cleaning that they can. 

“The schedules have changed, we have to clean a lot more and disinfect a lot more,” explained Zuniga. “There’s a lot more deep cleaning and a lot more work for the custodians and me to do. Fridays when the students aren’t here we use a machine that sprays disinfectant all over the classrooms and do a deep clean every week.”

Lindsey Galarza also speaks about her appreciation for the staff and their methods that help ensure the safety of staff and students alike.

Gerardo Zuniga opening air purifiers./Araceli Galarza • Lowry Multimedia Communication
Gerardo Zuniga opening air purifiers./Araceli Galarza • Lowry Multimedia Communication

“The janitors keep schools safe by constantly disinfecting doors and their handles, bathrooms every day before and after passing times and after school,” said Galarza. “They use the fog machine every day in every classroom and offices and hallways to make sure hand sanitizers are full. They also make sure that teachers and staff spray bottles with cleaning sanitizer are full and we all have rolls of paper towels.”

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