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Emily Hansen, Staff reporter

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In GMHS custodial work is hard and they do it every day to keep the school clean, healthy and welcoming for those who come to the school. In the dictionary a custodian means “a person who has responsibility for or looks after something.” And they follow that definition very well including more. There are 5 people that come after school to clean the building and 2 for the day time service. All their hard work pays off and they do this hours in the day. Around the school students were asked what they thought the custodian do and how it works in daily life. The words that came up were work ethic, hard working, prepared to leave the parents house, clean, helps the community from spreading more germs, skills that you need to keep a house clean, and even patience.

Custodian Responsibilities


  • Ensuring spaces are prepared for the next day by taking out trash, tidying furniture and dusting surfaces
  • Sweeping and mopping floors, vacuuming carpets
  • Washing and sanitizing toilets, sinks and showers and restocking disposables

Job brief

the responsible custodian to maintain and protect our facilities. The external and internal appearance of a building reflects on the occupants. It is important for a custodian, or janitor, to be careful and thorough in working, cleaning and tidying the premises, as well as preventing vandalism.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in a custodian role focused on building upkeep. They will have great physical endurance to cover a large space. A keen eye for detail and diligence are also imperative in custodial maintenance jobs.

Responsibilities of a custodian in our school

  • Ensure spaces are prepared for the next day by taking out trash, tidying furniture and dusting surfaces
  • Sweep and mop floors and vacuum carpets
  • Wash and sanitize toilets, sinks and showers and restock disposables (e.g. soap)
  • Wipe mirrors and windows
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs (replacing broken switches, fixing door handles, minor leaks etc.)
  • Report major damages and oversee repairs
  • Secure facilities after operating hours by locking doors, closing windows and setting up the alarm
  • Undertake occasional custodial and janitorial tasks (shoveling snow from the sidewalk, lifting heavy items, moving chairs etc.)

Requirements that a custodian needs are

  • Proven experience as custodian, janitor or in a similar role
  • Knowledge of use and maintenance of industrial cleaning equipment and appliances
  • Knowledge of safe disposal of chemical liquids and other hazardous components
  • Familiarity with basic landscaping and handyman practices
  • Attention to detail and conscientiousness
  • Very good physical condition and strength
  • High school diploma is preferred but not required
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