Behind the Scenes: Custodial

In this series of news stories, we take you behind the scenes for a look at how USM staff are working diligently around the clock to keep campus clean and safe—both inside and outside—for students, faculty, and staff.

University School of Milwaukee employs a team of 17 men and women who work nearly around the clock to clean and apply disinfectant throughout the entire building and in the Polly and Henry Uihlein Sr. Ice Arena. 

The custodial staff currently use four Clorox® Total 360® machines throughout the building, which deliver Clorox solutions to the front, back, and sides of surfaces via an electrostatic sprayer. In August, before the start of the school year, each teacher and staff member was given a supply of foaming hand sanitizer, Clorox disinfecting wipes, and isopropyl alcohol wipes for computers and phones. Thanks to Custodial Supervisor Lauro Robles, the school was well stocked with supplies in time for reopening. Robles placed a bulk order for items like disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer before those items became difficult to source. Over the summer, the school worked with a cleaning consultant who helped Robles develop a comprehensive plan for sanitizing and disinfecting the school.
The school has a total of 65 bathrooms in all three divisions and the ice arena, and each bathroom is cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day—sometimes up to five or six times. Five additional team members have been hired since the start of school to tackle the extra cleaning, including two individuals who focus solely on bathrooms. 

Many thanks to all members of the custodial team who are working day and night to help ensure our school can stay open—and safe!—for in-person learning.

Custodial team members:

Esperanza Jimenez Arellano
Dorothy Henry
Isaias Hernandez
Rafael Hernandez
Maria Jimenez
Veronica Jimenez
Virginia Knueppel
Noel Koummane
Luis Morales
Martin Muñiz-Aguilar
Elena Paramo
Lauro Robles
Onel Robles
Raul Robles
Jose Bautista Ruiz
Raul Sandoval
Graciela Villegias

Take a behind-the-scenes look at USM's grounds crew; transportation team; and maintenance team.
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