School Board to consider hiring students

A substitute custodian proposal presented to the Shenandoah County Public Schools School Board last week would allow students to work as part-time custodians.

Linda Hodges, supervisor of human resources for Shenandoah County Public Schools, said students age 16 and older could work part-time for up to 25 hours per week in the local schools.

“Students would be trained by the maintenance supervisor in general cleaning guidelines and also other standard trainings such as boundary invasions, bloodborne pathogens, and safety,” she said.

The work by the students would include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, dusting, emptying trash, and cleaning windows and restrooms. Students would not be mixing chemicals, using power tools or operating school vehicles.

“The head custodian at schools would provide on-the-job training specific to the work they would be doing. Students would work independently, but other staff custodians would be available for support and guidance,” she said.

Before a student could work as a custodian, an online application would need to be completed and a letter of consent from a parent or legal guardian, principal and school counselor would need to be provided, Hodges added.

“Once students have met the requirements to be employed in this role, they could potentially work at any school with a need,” she said.

“We could potentially hire an unlimited number of students in this role, since they only work per diem,” she added.

The board will vote on the proposal at its Feb. 11 meeting.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com