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Cleaning Up the Cleanup System

By Tom Story and Gunnar Carroll

After litter issues plagued the start of the school year, Student Council unveiled a new clean-up policy.

In the first few weeks back at school, the student center and cafeteria were frequently full of rubbish and food that people did not clean up. We all know the one classic response from students when asked by a teacher to clean up: “That’s not mine, I didn’t even eat here”– an often used excuse to avoid doing a simple task. Head of Upper School Jose DeJesus and Student Council put their foot down and began implementing some rules to clean up not just the student center, but also the student’s attitudes.

“The original idea was proposed by Mr. DeJesus and agreed by the student council,” said Student Council representative Kai Carse (‘19).  “Every week an advisory would be assigned a clean-up duty and the kids after every community would have to go around and make sure the student center had been left responsibly. I don’t think that just because Mr. DeJesus made the announcement that anything will change, but I do think that the student center will definitely be cleaner.”

Kai also hinted that there may be some changes to the system coming up soon, after it did not get off to the start they initially hoped for. The current advisory clean up system may not be the long term solution.

True Miller (‘19) gave a student’s perspective on the new system.

“It is a poorly operated system, but if [the student council] can make it better… [it] would be amazing,” said True. He believes that the most effective method for keeping the student center clean is getting teachers to go around telling people to clean up, which is the system he recalls being used in middle school.

This week True’s advisory group was responsible for keeping the student center clean, but True said his cleanup habits “[have] not changed from any other week.”

Student Council President Jordan Tayeh (‘17) also shed light on the clean up policy.

“[Student Council] is attempting to instate a culture change, and something like that is not easily done,” said Jordan. “[The system] builds upon the past years of work and moves [the Upper School] closer in the right direction. Mr. DeJesus, Mr. Lacy and the whole Student Council are working in tandem to create a system that strikes a good balance between creating the change that is necessary and treating the Upper Schoolers with the respect they deserve.”

The replacement for the first attempt to revise the clean up policy has not yet been outlined by the Council.

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