If you don't complain or insist on
cleaning help they might figure you don't need it or let them walk right over
you. Our health and the health of the children is at stake. You district
to be responsible for a clean environment for the kids.
I have two large rooms, a dark room, and a kiln room. My high school students
can clean up their own messes. I do not feel walked on when, if I need help
with something extra, moving something, hanging a neon sign, cleaning a spot
out of the carpet in my office before it is scheduled for cleaning, repairing
broken tables, not letting teachers in to help themselves to supplies, etc.
They are right there to help me. They will do anything for me because I try
to make their job easier by insisting that my students clean up their own
messes. If I left the clay on the floor til the end of the day until they
come in, it would be much more of a health hazard than each class cleaning
behind themselves. The custodian also mops up any other areas that need
mopping at the end of each day. I think we have a workable situation.