Members have two options for cleaning at Shorenorth:
- Sign up for a slot on the weekly cleaning schedule (2 members/week)
- “Opt out” by paying a non-refundable $60 cleaning fee, payable to another Co-op member who chooses to be a paid cleaner, due the week cleaning is completed.
The Cleaning Coordinator will contact members at least one week in advance to remind them of their scheduled date to clean, and/or that the opt out payment is due. Shorenorth members who are willing to clean for money will be paid as scheduled and as cleaning is completed. Anyone unable to clean during his or her assigned week must find another member to switch with. If they can’t find a substitute, they must contact the Cleaning Coordinator to arrange payment of the opt-out fee and schedule a paid cleaner. Members enrolled with multiple children (siblings, twins) need only sign up for one cleaning shift or opt-out only once. Members of the Baby ‘n Me class and the Executive Board are exempt from cleaning. However, they are allowed to be on the list of paid cleaners.
Members willing to clean for money must contact the Cleaning Coordinator to be added to the schedule. Members must complete their own cleaning shift prior to becoming a paid cleaner.
Scheduling will be up to the Cleaning Coordinator’s discretion and cleaners’ availability.
Frequently Asked Questions about Cleaning at Shorenorth
Why do I have to clean the classrooms? Cleaning our own school helps keep tuition low and is one of the tenets on which cooperative preschools was founded. It also benefits members by becoming more invested in the classroom environment; learning where things go, and increasing personal responsibility for keeping the areas clean and tidy.
What does cleaning involve? It takes 2-3 hours for two people to complete the cleaning tasks. Members are asked to sign up in pairs (partner with a friend!), two slots per week. Working together usually makes the cleaning go faster and more efficiently. There’s a checklist of what needs to be done. Cleaning supplies are located in the Adult bathroom and the instructions/checklist are located in the Cleaning mailbox.
When can I clean? Cleaning may take place any day when class is not in session except Sundays and Wednesday nights. There is a key check out system which will allow access to the classrooms.
Can I bring my child/children while I clean? Yes, you may bring your children/partner/spouse during your session. Some Co-op members also swap babysitting, making it easier, cheaper and more fun to get the cleaning completed.