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Green Cleaning Guidelines

A guide to help Missouri school districts employ “green” cleaning practices in their facilities has been developed and published by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and forwarded by NEA for use in California other states.

As required by legislation enacted in 2008 (Section 161.365), Missouri state education officials convened a committee of stakeholders to assist in developing “Green Cleaning Guidelines and Specifications for Schools.” The guide was formally adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education.

The guide provides recommendations for school officials and maintenance personnel on selecting “green” cleaning products, paper products and commercial cleaning equipment. It also offers general recommendations on topics such as recycling, disposing of food waste and routine maintenance procedures.

“The law does not require school districts to adopt specific policies, but it encourages schools to use more eco-friendly products and practices. Many school districts are already moving in this direction. The new guide should provide some practical guidance for local school boards and school personnel,” said Tom Quinn, assistant commissioner of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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