Many school districts are still using a paper-based or manual approach to facility use request management. In these districts, it’s typically a process that has been around for decades and most likely follows the old adage of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s most likely a process that isn’t broken and probably functions ok, albeit a time-consuming one. At some point, even the smoothest manual systems have breakdowns and points in time where staff members question if there’s a better way. Manual systems often suffer when senior staff retire or move to other districts, taking years of knowledge about the system with them.
With buildings re-opening during this pandemic, facility and maintenance staff will be required to follow strict cleaning and disinfecting protocols. ML Work Orders is a facility management platform that allows maintenance staff to follow, record and report on recurring cleaning protocols and preventative maintenance tasks. It can also track and manage inventories of supplies to stay on top of having your essential cleaning and sanitizing items on hand. Our enhanced dashboards produce dynamic and simple visuals to monitor statuses of on-going cleaning tasks, inventory levels, and other key metrics that may be necessary to report on. It’s important to note that we are showing examples of how a user could ML Work Orders to manage their protocols. For actual guidance on what those protocols should be, please consult the CDC’s website. Let's take a closer look.
As America starts to re-open its physical spaces, facility and maintenance professionals will be faced with new safety and sanitation challenges. There are three key areas that will need extra vigilance and new protocols in order to increase the safety of everyone inside buildings and schools going forward.
At the time of this blog post, 27 states and the District of Columbia have shut public schools down for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the coronavirus. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt in every facet of schools -from educators to cafeteria workers to maintenance staff. And while schools are closed for students and faculty for learning, they are still vital beacons for communities. With cafeterias and buildings still open to feed children, the cafeteria and food service workers are working overtime to provide essential services to the community in a safe and healthy way. Facility maintenance staffs are using the time to catch up on preventative maintenance projects, asset surveying and updated sanitation plans when schools re-open.
If you're attending today's NYS School Facilities Association (NYSSFA) Annual Conference and Expo in historic Saratoga Springs, stop by Booth No. 403 in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about ML Schedules™ Facility Request and ML Work Orders™ Management Software.