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In Schools Without Janitors, Students Share Cleaning Responsibility

In Schools Without Janitors, Students Share Responsibility Keeping Clean

Schools in Oregon and Tennessee are teaching their students accountability by having them be responsible for cleaning their schools.

"Armadillo Technical Institute, a public charter school a few miles from California, has students in grades 6-12 clean the school once or twice a week in place of janitors," according to an article on

"For 30 minutes after lunch, students sweep, mop, take out the trash and even clean the bathrooms — but responsibilities rotate so no one is stuck scrubbing toilets more than two or three times a year," according to an article on

For the dangerous and really difficult tasks, the school does have a maintenance staff so the students are never at risk of injury or harm.

"But for the most part, students at ATI handle the daily upkeep. And with a little help from peer pressure, the school stays clean."

In Nashville, Tennessee, students at the private prep school Brentwood Academy take ten minutes out of their day everyday to clean.

"Susan Shafer, the school's director of communications, considers 'clean-up' an additional component of the school's mission of educating the whole person, according to the article.

"While some parents might balk at the idea of a school taking time away from class to make students push a broom, educators at both ATI and Brentwood both say that parents have shown overwhelming support."

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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