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In addition to regular twice-weekly LFD testing, local health teams have advise school to request additional LFD testing at our school. For example, if a pupilis identified as a close contact, they may be asked to take daily LFD tests while they wait for their PCR test result. In this scenario, they should continue to attend school as long as their LFD test results remain negative.


We may also be advised to conduct a one-off round of LFD testing or daily testing for a group where case numbers are very high. We have been advised that pupils and adults from positive households who are not positive or showing symptoms are encouraged to undertake daily LFD testing for a period of 5 days. This is a request to ensure we continue to positively manage any cases and potential outbreaks within our school community.  


This should be done for a minimum of 5 days, increasing to 7 days as necessary to ensure the final LFD test is taken on a school day.

Advice from Blackburn with Darwen 17 November 2021

Read our Covid updates here

Meet Hoddle the Health Hound

Hoddle is our school health hound and is on hand to help all of the children, parents and teachers at Hoddlesden St Paul's. Hoddle has been helping to get school ready for when all the children return. He has been making sure that we know how to move around in and out of school. Hoddle has also been busy making lots of hygiene stations so all the children and staff can keep their hands clean. 


Hoddle has left some little reminders all around school for the children and staff to follow to make sure we are keeping our school as healthy as possible. 

Links to other relevant procedures, policies and advice in school 


Thursday 2nd September 2021 will the return date for all pupils in school. 

Please download, sign and send via email to if you wish for your child (Year 5 & 6 ONLY) to walk home or go to a specific pick up point. 


Parents, children and young people are encouraged to walk or cycle to their school where possible. 

A member of staff will be at the entrance of school should you require the 'stop and drop' method. Children will be encouraged to exit the vehicle safely and enter school via the highlighted routes. 


Any homemade non-disposable face coverings that staff or children, young people or other learners are wearing when they arrive at their setting must be removed by the wearer and placed into a plastic bag that the wearer has brought with them in order to take it home. The wearer must then clean their hands!


Beginning of the Day

The school has three entrances to the school site (one of which was previously for staff only):

  • Pre-School Gate- Pre-School ONLY 
  • Via the school playground- EYFS
  • Via the school playground- Y1 and Y2 line up on the playground with the teaching team. 
  • Rear Doors – Y3  and Y4 (enter the building and walk to class following the one way system via the school hall)
  • Main Doors – Y5  and Y6 (enter the building and walk to class)


Children in Year 5 and 6 can walk home if agreement has been signed by a parent or carer. 


The drop off and collection time for children in Y3-Y6 will be from 8.45am to registration at 8.55am. Children in EYFS, Yr1 & 2 are asked to drop their children off at 8.40 to registration at 8.50am. 

Pre-School's morning session starts at 9am, unless an extended morning session has been booked prior. 


The pick up times are as follows: 

PRE- 3pm 

EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2- 3.15pm (on the main school playground)

Year 3,4,5 & 6- 3.20pm (All year groups will brought onto the school playground) 


External One-way system


Pre-School Doors: Pre-School parents will be able to walk along the path but will be asked to wait if the path is being used by another child and parent. This is a very narrow path and is unable to be used as a permanent one-way system so we are asking parents to be vigilant and only use this when there is no on coming child and/or adult.


EYFS children will line up on the school playground and a member of the teaching team will then invite a parent and the child into the school grounds. There will be a handover to a member of staff and then parents are free to leave, exiting down the public footpath.


Year 3 & 4 children will enter school via the front gates with one adult and follow the orange floor markings to the rear doors. Adults will continue to follow the floor markings and exit via the top gates onto the public footpath. A member of staff will be helping to direct and safeguard children.   


Year 5 & 6 children will enter school via the front gates with one adult and follow the orange floor markings to the main doors. Adults will continue to follow the floor markings and exit via the top gates onto the public footpath. A member of staff will be helping to direct and safeguard children.   


One way systems

One-way systems are established in all corridors to ensure that classes and groups of pupils are distant as they move around school. There will be minimal furniture on the corridors to ensure a smooth transition around school.  


As part of our hand hygiene procedures, all classrooms, corridors and communal spaces will have Hygiene Stations. These will house the following: 

  • Tissues 
  • Blue roll 
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Posters to remind children how to dispose of tissues 
  • Foot pedal bins with secure lids (emptied frequently)




Classes will have a designated place to play during break and lunch times. They will have their own set of equipment that will be cleaned after use. Staff will be encouraging play that doesn't involving close contact. We have a large amount of ground marking games that children can play on with other children and still apply distancing measures. Children will be sharing the play equipment in the following groups:

  • Years 1 and 2
  • Years 3 and 4
  • Years 5 and 6


Classes will be expected to remain respectful of one another during play and break times. After break and lunch times, children will line up and walk  back to their classroom, following the one-way system.



All pupils will eat their packed lunch or school dinner in the school hall and hot dinner service will resume from September 2021. A member of welfare staff will be able to support children at their year group dining tables.


Children can bring their own packed lunch but it will need to comply with the following:

  • Lunch will be brought in a clearly label lunch bag or box. 
  • All items of lunch must be accessible to the child (opening things). 
  • Lunches must not be shared with others. 
  • Once eaten all the remaining contents will be put back in their lunch bag (unless they pose a risk of spillage). 
  • Children will wash their hands before and after eating. 
  • No items can be eaten outside. 
  • Drinks cartons will also be disposed after lunch. 
  • Water bottles will remain in class. 


One of the key changes that will take place from 19 July is that education and childcare settings will no longer be asked to conduct routine contact tracing.


As with positive cases in any other setting, NHS Test and Trace will work with either the positive case – or in the case of children – the parents, carers or guardian of the positive case to identify close contacts.


NHS Test and Trace already manages the contact tracing process for the rest of society – including children who have recorded a positive PCR test – and has expertise in supporting people to identify close contacts.

If your child gets a positive PCR test result, NHS Test and Trace will contact you, using the details you registered when ordering the PCR test. You and/or your child will be asked a series of specific questions designed to identify who your child has been in close contact with.


As a school, it is our duty of care to inform families if their child has been in close contact with a standard letter. 

Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
- Proverbs 22:6