Being a custodian during the summer is quite an adventure because a lot more happens in the summer custodial-wise than I think people think, from dealing with the summer school kids who come from many different schools, to having to clean every nook and cranny spotless, to having to be at the school from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We’ve had to deal with a lot of not-so-smart people. One time during the summer, we had just gotten our last coat of wax on the floor, and then someone walked all over it while it was still wet. That meant we had to completely scrub the wax off and re-wax it. That set us back one or two days.
And one time, someone took lipstick and wrote vulgar statements in the school. We also had to deep scrub all the carpet in the school during the summer, which was pretty boring.
It’s not all bad, though. One of my favorite parts of the job is getting to know my co-workers on a more emotional level. We got to joke around a lot and we tell tons of stories with each other. The summer was bad and boring at some points, but overall I love working during the summer. It’s a great experience.
Comparing the summer work to the school year work, there are a lot of differences in what we do, etc. During the summer, we all work together to deep clean the tile and carpet. During the school year, we all pretty much work alone to keep our own areas clean and make sure they’re taken care of.
During the summer, we don’t have to deal with any or very many school planned events. During the school year, we have to deal with all the sports events assemblies and parent meetings, etc. And the summer school kids want no trouble, really. But during the school year, people make messes on purpose. For example, one time a group of people spilled pen ink everywhere and while I was questioning them about it, they just said, “We’re making it so you have a job.” Then they smeared it with their feet right in front of me.
In my experience, working during the school year is harder because being both a custodian and student is tough. By the time I get to work, I’m exhausted, but then I have to stay at the school for another 4-5 hours cleaning.
Being a custodian means I have one message to send along to students: Please be respectful to custodial and staff.