Staff prepares for school year with annual cleanup

Inside and outside cleaned up as staff eyes August 12 start date
Published: Jul. 28, 2020 at 10:19 AM CDT
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HAMPTON, Neb. (KSNB) - The staff at Hampton Lutheran School knows that the 2020-2021 school year won’t resemble previous years, however by partaking in a yearly tradition, it’s hoping some excitement will grow and a feeling of normalcy will arise.

Each summer, at the end of August, staff members and school families gather at the school to clean up both the interior and exterior of the building. Inside, things such as deep cleaning the hallways, bathrooms, every classroom and the kitchen are tackled. Outside, trimming shrubs, cleaning windows, raking and picking up around the playground.

It’s a two-day activity the staff can always count on taking place.

“The end of July, the beginning of the week, is traditionally clean up day at the school and we really are a family because everybody comes and helps when they can,” Jean Carnoali, the Principal at Hampton Lutheran School, said.

This year the deep clean of the inside was left to the janitorial staff on the basis of the school’s health staff to decrease the amount of people entering and exiting the building throughout Monday and Tuesday - which meant more outdoor work for whomever showed up to help.

Classes are scheduled to begin on August 12 and will have safety measures in place to enhance safety and cleanliness for both staff and students. There will be precautions such as masks in the hallways and classrooms, daily temperature checks and mask “break time” if students are separated enough.

Regardless, with the staff gathering to partake in the yearly clean up, a feeling of excitement built.

“I am looking forward just to being back with the kids again because it’s been so long since we were actually together,” Carnoali said. “The kids really need that, just to have the camaraderie together and the normal-ness of being together and learning together.”

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