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Back to school with Albany
Back to school will take on a new meaning for He will become a friend and teacher imparting
Advice for schools
many children and teachers this autumn when important knowledge and will deliver his ‘Max
The following guidance is an abstract from information
they are introduced to Max, a real life character Education Pack’ which will include exciting
supplied by the department for education and skills. The
who will be fronting Albany Hygiene Facilities’ stickers, posters, lesson plans and games
full document can be found at
Healthy Schools Initiative. to reinforce his healthy What to do
Implement good hygiene practice by washing your hands often
Launching on 1st October in independent
hands message.
especially after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
schools across the UK, the initiative will Max will also show
If you have flu symptoms don’t go to work. If you become
promote healthier schools by teaching children how to
ill at work inform your manager and go home. If your
children how to achieve healthy hands through become ‘Healthy
children show flu symptoms keep them at home.
correct hand washing and drying. Good hand Hand Inspectors’ to
Planning for head teachers
hygiene practices are core to controlling encourage them to teach
Ensure you have up to date contact details for staff, parents.
illness breakouts, which are particularly family and friends the
Review your plan for dealing with above average staff absence.
common in contained environments such as importance of correct
Meet Max!
Ensure you have adequate supplies of cleaning materials.
Ensure that hand hygiene facilities are adequate and
schools. hand cleaning. He can also bring with him the
working properly.
Commenting on the new initiative Mike
latest hand hygiene solutions including hand
Consider the use of hand cleansers at the entrances to rooms.
Burton, Managing Director of Albany Facilities,
soaps and sanitisers, dispensers and hand
Check you have procedures for isolating a child who falls
said: “Our Healthy Schools Initiative will
drying methods for children and adults to try. ill during the day until their parents can collect them.
generate excitement and interest within
His work will reinforce hygiene best practice Ensure your staff are all aware of the relevant procedures.
children and will in turn help bursars, teachers
for all while demonstrating to bursars and
Reduce the risk
Regular hand washing.
and school nurses fulfil their responsibilities
head teachers how Albany’s holistic solution
Minimise contact between your hands and mouth/nose.
to children and parents to provide a healthy
will in many cases be cost neutral for schools
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing,
environment for education.”
to adopt.
use a tissue when possible then dispose of it carefully.
What will Max do?
How can you get involved?
Encourage your pupils to follow the above three points.
Max will be hitting the road in his ‘Healthy
Max has started setting appointments for his Staff should remain at home if unwell or go home if they
display symptoms while at work.
Hands Van’ from next month when he will be
tour in October. If you would like him to visit
Ensure hard surfaces are cleaned more regularly than
visiting schools and explaining to children
your school, contact Albany’s relationship
usual using normal cleaning products.
how to wash and dry their hands properly.
team on 0870 366 5777. The Healthy Schools
website (
Teach children
Teach and encourage children to follow the advice on
will go live in October so keep a look out!
personal hygiene.
Albany Healthy Schools is a new specialist
Remind children about personal hygiene frequently.
division of Albany Facilities, the company
Make use of the posters on general infection control that
the Department of Health has made available. These can
which launched its mission to raise the
be obtained free of charge from
standards of Britain’s washrooms, with its Copies can be seen at
'Hidden Dangers' film in 2008. The new
division will focus on the education sector
and will continue to work in partnership with
BICSc, BTA and Bog Standard which
promotes better toilets for pupils, to promote
good hygiene.
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