How to Justify New  Cleaning Equipment for Your School

How to Justify New Cleaning Equipment for Your School

Dec 7th 2020

A guide to assessing your current level of cleanliness, calculating your total cost of ownership, and identifying the right equipment for your facility.

You know the value of cleanliness in schools. In fact, anyone who has spent any time in a classroom can likely attest to the impact of cleanliness on attendance and learning performance. You can all probably rattle off the statistics as well:

  • Almost 22 million school days are lost annually to the common cold.
  • 38 million school days are lost annually to the flu. 
  • Students who are chronically absent are 7.4 times more likely to drop out. 
  • Teacher absences cost schools more than $25 billion annually.

  • But still, every time you suggest new cleaning equipment, you get the same answer: “It’s not in the budget.”

    It’s no secret that schools are strapped for cash, and when budgets shrink, it’s tempting to stick with systems that are “good enough” even when we know they aren’t ideal. When it comes to cleaning equipment, part of the reason schools tend to stick with the status quo is that it’s hard to translate nationwide statistics about absences into direct impacts on your school. Knowing that nearly 60 million school days are lost every year across the country simply isn’t enough to justify a $10,000 or $20,000 equipment investment for your facility.

    This guide will help you provide that justification so that the next time you suggest new cleaning equipment, you get a different answer. Here’s what you’ll find on the following pages:

  • An overview of the APPA levels of cleanliness and a worksheet to assess the cleanliness of your facility 
  • Tips for calculating the total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI) for new equipment
  • Recommendations for features to consider

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