Letter to the Editor:

Maintaining a safe school takes many vigilant actions. Not only do teachers and principals have to be ever watchful, an important ingredient in school safety is school custodial and maintenance staff.

These vital workers protect the schools in many ways.

By ensuring a clean environment, they help stop the spread of disease and help maintain a safe place for children.

By being another pair of eyes in hallways and in the classroom, they can help monitor school visitors, children's activities and other actions.

Clean, safe and accessible schools are a key to a good learning environment for children. School custodial and maintenance staff are a critical part of that effort.

We hope that the Unit 5 school board will carefully consider any actions to cut staffing of these critical jobs. Short-term budget savings might lead to long-term maintenance costs and also a reduction in school safety.