Facilities and 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.
Staff conduct 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.
Operations and Maintenance staff implemented strategies to ensure fire safety systems are regularly inspected
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.
Training on 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
Regional comprehensive education meetings were held with school administration and Operations and Maintenance staff to finalize an “Operations & Maintenance Policy Manual.”