Operations supports the MFNSS schools in attaining the goal of safe and healthy
schools by utilizing best practices in health and safety standards. This
includes implementing energy efficient initiatives and “green” environmental
strategies to work towards
achieving this goal.
on-site visits to address any requirements to repair school deficiencies as
identified in the school facility audits. The audits identified approximately
250 in 2017 of major and minor deficiencies and the critical repairs required
to address health and safety issues.
The Operations and
Maintenance Program oversees school assets and works to ensure a safe and
healthy learning environment. Support to all schools is provided to resolve
maintenance and facility issues.
Maintenance staff implemented strategies to ensure fire safety systems are
and in proper
working order. These steps, along with training for school staff, help to make
schools safer for students and staff.
Roofing repairs in
Lake Manitoba School and Sergeant Tommy Prince School were completed. The
installation of a public address system in Mahpiya Hdega School assisted school
administrators in communicating with staff and students. The program will also
install a public address system at Fox Lake School. Ongoing projects include
repairs and replacements of heating,air conditioning, and ventilation in Ginew
School and Keeseekoowenin School.
The Operations and
Maintenance Program improved lighting at Keeseekoowenin, Bloodvein, Brokenhead,
and Pinaymootang schools. Students and teachers were excited about lighting
projects in gymnasiums in three of the schools. In some of these schools, poor lighting
was an ongoing problem for several years. The program also purchased floor
cleaning equipment and grounds maintenance machinery.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and Globally
Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) has been
completed and material safety data sheets will be compiled and updated for
comprehensive education meetings were held with school administration and
Operations and Maintenance staff to finalize an “Operations & Maintenance