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The workload of school custodians has increased due to the pandemic

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) - There are many unsung heroes in the spotlight due to the pandemic. Some include grocery store workers, teachers, and those asked to keep everything clean and disinfected, custodians.

Waterloo Schools Custodial Manager, Chuck Callaway, admitted last year was a lot of work.

"We had to get different disinfectants, we had to get sprayers," Callaway said, "we also had to put up about 1,000 hand sanitizing stations throughout the district."

Overseeing custodial teams throughout Waterloo's 19 schools, Callaway remembers feeling the pressure to ensure their schools were safe.

"It was a learning curve at first," Callaway said.

Daily cleanings for custodial teams include deep cleaning all common areas, kitchens, and bathrooms.

However, custodians also have to disinfect every:

  • desk
  • divider
  • light switches
  • door handles
  • and more

With the district having over 10,000 students, Callaway instantly knew they needed more help.

"We actually had to hire a few more people, just to make sure we had enough manpower to do everything we needed to do," Callaway said.

Although, instead of being fearful, Callaway told KWWL his custodians have been dedicated to the job at hand.

"They know this is a job they have to perform, and they just can't wait till the day when they go back to the old job they used to do."

Chuck Callaway

Callaway said his teams have been working long hours throughout the school year and clean between 800 to 900 classrooms on alternating schedules.

He also said he ahs never been more proud of his team and promises they won't stop until the job is done.

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Alaina Kwan

Morning Reporter

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