Caretakers work in schools and facilities to do general maintenance and cleaning. Their objective is to maintain a healthy and favourable environment for students with the help of all the school users (including teachers, students and the principal). The school caretaker performs various tasks which mostly fall into the following categories:
- Making sure the premises are clean;
- Maintenance of equipment, furniture, appliances and tools;
- Minor repairs;
- Outside maintenance;
- Safety, surveillance;
- Replacing lamps, air filters when required;
- Checking of heating and ventilation systems;
- Checking of alarm system, extinguishers
These tasks are completed once a day, once a week, once a month, or once a year depending on the assigned schedule of the employee based on GES standards and provided in writing by the Material Resources Department. The principal of the school is the caretakers direct supervisor, however they are also overseen by regional supervisors from the Administration building and work alongside special contractors, and supervisors from the Material Resources department.
The Material Resources Department of the English Montreal School Board is responsible for the maintenance of schools and EMSB buildings. The areas which fall under the heading of school maintenance include Procurement Services, Architecture, Repairs, Landscaping, General Engineering, Security, and the organization of caretakers (who are responsible for the maintenance and cleanliness of schools). The department oversees repairs, contractors, landscaping, building surveys, water treatment, ventilation systems, sprinklers, heating and air conditioning, fire alarms, building and grounds improvement projects, and caretaking. Caretakers are generally the school level liaison for all contracted maintenance of the building they are assigned to.