Bathroom Talk: Let’s Keep It Clean

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Does this look like a garbage can?

Does this look like a garbage can?

Prowl photo by Manuel Carlos

Prowl photo by Manuel Carlos

Does this look like a garbage can?

Luis Arias, Opinion Writer

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By Luis Arias

When you go into the bathroom, what’s the first thing you think of?

How will it look like? Will it be clean? Should I wait ‘til I get home?

These questions relate to the state of our school bathrooms. Though they are cleaned every night, something happens that makes the bathrooms look like they’ve never been cleaned before.

I am referring to student bathrooms not teachers’ bathroom, one of which is closed “until further notice” since as staff were told by e-mail that “The district plumber has not been able to repair the existing sink issue and therefore is forced to use a gas like chemical to try to break down the blockage in the line.”

Junior Aryana Perez is bothered both by cleanliness and nearby leaks from toilets.

“It’s sort of nasty,” Perez said.

To find out about student bathrooms, I talked with one of our very wonderful and kind school custodians, who asked to remain anonymous. I was told that although, “Every day and night, I clean them to be the best-looking bathrooms,” somehow by the end of a new school day, “I find bottles, food, shorts and much more in the toilets and sinks.” Imagine the effort that would take after 13 years on the job.

When asked if there’s been a time where the bathroom got worse than the day before, I was told, “No. It hasn’t, yet.”

The custodian’s worse experience was the first day on the job.

 “I was in the boys locker room to clean up,” the custodian said. “But once I reached the bathroom part, I saw toilet paper, towels, and Nike or Jordan shoes on the toilet with feces on top of it.”

What a first night, if you ask me.

One piece of advice this employee would like to impart is to ask students to step up and clean up after themselves.

Earlier this month, March 7, there was an incident in which toilet paper was stuffed into a toilet which disabled its use. Outside of whoever did such a dastardly deed, many Weston Ranch student have empathy toward the people who keep our bathrooms clean.

Bryan Becerra (’19) said he feels “sorry for the custodian.”

Based on what happens during the day, students said the nightly cleaning doesn’t last very long.

“The school bathrooms are nasty,” said Jeremy Bagnas (’17).  

What the custodian, myself and I’m sure many other students hope is that you do two important things. Remember the hard work people put into making the campus nice night after night. Help make our bathrooms better for all of us.  

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