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Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to give you a bit of an update from today (Thursday).
Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to every member of our Allanson Street family. I think we proved today that we absolutely are ‘stronger together’. I am so proud of the way everyone worked together to make today a fabulous first day for the children. As you know our absolute priority is ensuring that our children feel safe, happy and settled back in school and if the smiling faces I saw all around school today are anything to go by then we are certainly on our way to making this a reality.
As you know, we have a very thorough risk assessment in place which we will be continually monitoring to ensure we keep everyone safe and school running as well as it possibly can do. After school today, staff came together to review the day and look what improvements could be made. As a result, the following changes will be introduced:
• From tomorrow (Friday 4th September), children on packed lunches will eat them in class to reduce the number of children needing to access the dining room and reduce traffic around school.
• From Monday (7th September), we will be replacing some hand washing sessions with the use of hand sanitiser. Currently, the children are having to wash their hands at least 6 times a day whilst in school (as they come into school in the morning, before break, after break, before lunch, after lunch, at home time and after any visits to the toilet). As you can imagine, with 30 children and only one sink in each room, this takes up a huge part of our day. Whilst we intend to stick with hand washing as the children come into school, before breaks and lunch times and after visits to the toilet, we will be giving the children hand sanitising gel at all other times. Before introducing this, we will be showing children how to ‘wash’ their hands with the gel so that they effectively kill any germs on their hands and so that they use it safely. If your child has an allergy to hand sanitiser please let us know OR if you’d prefer them to use one from home, please send it to school with them from Monday.
I very look forward to seeing you all again in the morning.
Take care,
Mrs Dingsdale

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Allanson Street Primary School
Gaskell Street, Parr, St Helens, Merseyside WA9 1PL