What can we do to CLEAN UP our schoolyard?
DPS can provide most of the material you need. All you need to do is organize a schoolyard cleanup event to cleanup natural areas and gardens, rake leaves, add mulch, fluff play pits, and paint asphalt.
Can we PLANT TREES?
Yes you can. Contact your school’s Facility Manger to get approval and determine other steps that may be needed to plant. For More Info: Cool Schools (Mile High Million)
There is GRAFFITI on our playground. How can we get rid of it?
Meet with your principal and your school’s Facility Manager to make sure a work order has been submitted to DPS. DPS policy is that graffiti should be removed within 48 hours.
For small areas ask your FM for graffiti removal supplies.
How do we report schoolyard VANDALISM or broken play equipment?
Meet with your principal and your FM to confirm that a work order has been filed with the school district for repairs. Safety issues are prioritized. They should be reported within 24 hours, and noted as “Urgent Safety Issues.”
Our students can’t reach the SWINGS?
Our FIELD is looking bad, brown and bare. What can we do?
There are three possible things causing this. 1) the irrigation water is turned off, 2) there is disease or 3) (most likely) the field is being over used.
How does our school create new BANNERS? Who supplies the paint & banners?
Each school purchases and coordinates the painting of new art banners. This is a great project to add unique character to the schoolyard, and help students take ownership of the space.
We want to paint an ART MURAL at our school. How do we get started?
Murals are a great way to add colorful character to your schoolyard. Work with your FM to get approval for your mural project, from DPS Protective Coating Department.
For More Info: DPSLL_OArt
How can we REPAINT ASPHALT games on our schoolyard?
Re-stripping White Lines: Have your FM place a work order with DPS Protective Coatings.
Color Areas: Schools are responsible for adding color to the asphalt games. These can be repainted by small volunteer or student groups. DPS Grounds can provide you with the paint and tools.
How do we start a new school GARDEN?
Contact Laurel Mattrey, with the DPS Sustainability Department.
Where do we get COMPOST to improve our garden’s soil?
It is up to each school to find their own compost. Check out our Resource Page
Where do we get MULCH?
DPS will supply mulch for habitat areas, but NOT for vegetable gardens.
HABITAT AREAS: Have your FM place a work order with the DPS Grounds Department.
VEGETABLE GARDENS: Mulch donations can often be found from local tree companies (ask if they’ll load it into a truck for you.) You’ll probably need to pay if you’d like it delivered.
How do we stop the broken IRRIGATION geyser?
Talk with your Facility Manager. If the FM is not able to fix the irrigation then the FM will contact DPS Plumbing.