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As parents and carers of children attending Battlefield Primary School in Glasgow we would like to bring to your attention some reforms being proposed by Cordia (an ALEO of Glasgow City Council) which we believe will dramatically effect our school janitor provision.
Cordia have recently announced proposals which would involve a 'cluster model' for janitorial services. In the proposal there are 30 clusters covering Glasgow. Battlefield Primary School would come within a cluster alongside Langside Primary, Deanpark Nursery, Shawlands Primary, St Conval's Primary, Merrylee Primary, Our Lady of the Annunciation and Tinto Primary. It is not clear whether it would be 5 or 6 janitors expected to cover these 8 buildings.
Furthermore janitors would be expected to take on additional duties.
These proposals will see janitors having to work across several schools in a single day with requests being put in place for janitorial support resulting in delays between reporting and resolution of incidents (eg clearing up of sickness, repairs etc) if a janitor is not on site.
The current system is one school-one janitor. Our janitors know our children, their parents and carers, and service providers so are able to instantly recognise individuals who should not be on the premises. This, along with the continuity and familiarity that our janitors provide allow our children and staff to feel and be kept safe.
Our janitors look after their school and playground as well as keeping our children safe and secure. They are the ones who clean up much of the mess made by our children, clear the snow and ice, test fire alarms, clear up hazardous materials such as broken glass and supervise our school and surrounding area to make the children's learning environment safe and secure.
There is a very real risk that should the proposal of the 'cluster model' be pushed through the health, safety, security and well-being of our school community may be compromised.
Please help us stop these proposals turning into a reality by signing this petition to say that you agree that 'one school- one janitor' is the best way to provide the janitorial service in our schools for pupils, parents and education staff.
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