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 


Returning to School

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Parents, children and young people are to walk or cycle to their education setting 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!


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Expectations for children

  1. Children will be allowed in the building at their assigned start times and allocated entrances.
  2. Children will enter the building without any parents or guardians. 
  3. Children will need to wear their formal or sport uniform (when they have PE) everyday. 
  4. Children must sanitise their hands when entering the building using the foot pedal dispensers. 
  5. Children must follow the 2 metre rule when entering the building and communal areas. The markings will help to guide children into their classroom and the floor markings in the communal areas will remind children of the direction to travel in. 
  6. Children will bring only the minimal that is needed to take into the classroom: 
    1. Coat 
    2. Lunch box (if required)
    3. Water bottle (NAMED)
    4. Medical equipment (if required)
  7. Children must wash their hands using soap and water after removing and storing their belongings. 
  8. If a child is late, they will need to follow the procedures already set out. Parents or carers will not be granted access in the front reception. A member of the school office team will escort the pupil to their assigned room.

Expectations for parents

  1. Parents are encouraged to talk positively about returning to school.
  2. Parents will arrive at the assigned arrival and dismissal time. 
  3. Parents will drop their children outside the building. 
  4. EYFS parents will need to line up on the school playground on the 2m markers (adhering to social distancing). The gate will be opened just before the allocated time. Parents will be able to drop their child off to the assigned adult and then follow the one-way system down the public footpath. 
  5. Parents are encouraged to allow their child to make the last part of the journey into school independently. They will be warmly welcomed by their teachers.

Social Distancing and One-way systems


-----------  Yellow lines are spaced out at a 2m distance. Only move forwards if the line in front is clear. 

-----------  Red lines are NO ENTRY for Parents and Carers. 

----     ---- Green paw prints have been left by Hoddle the Health Hound to lead the children into school.  

         Orange arrows and 2m signs signalling our external one-way system. 




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 (Line up) and Y4 (enter the building and walk to class)
  • Main Doors – Y5 (Line up) and Y6 (enter the building and walk to class)


Following a review of the Risk Assessment children in EYFS to Y6 will be brought out to their parents or carers at the end of the day on the main playground at their allocated time. Pre-School children will continue to use their assigned routes to the provision to ensure a safe handover with their child’s key worker.  


The school will have three start and finish times:




Group A



Group B



Group C




The school population will be divided across three groups. Families will be asked to move offsite if they have children in other groups and are waiting to drop off or collect a sibling. We will be requesting that social distancing amongst parents and carers continues.  

Group A

Group B

Group C


Year 1

Pre-School (finish 3pm)

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4


Year 5

Year 6


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


The drop off and collection times have been set so children can be accompanied by ONE adult up to their designated entrance. Staff on the door will be wearing a facemask and will not be able to have conversations with parents. I also ask that you follow the guidance on social distancing. Members of staff will be verbally reminding parents of carers of the guidance throughout the allocated drop off and pick up times.


We will continue to operate a Class Bubble system with set staffing. This means that during the school day, including before and after school, children will maintain a distance of 2 metres with children from other classes.  


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. Year 3 children will be required to line up and Year 4 children to enter the building immediately. 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. Year 5 children will be required to line up and Year 6 children to enter the building immediately. 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 class bubbles and groups of pupils are socially distant as they move around school. There will be minimal furniture on the corridors to ensure a smooth transition around school.  



All pupils will eat their packed lunch or school dinner in their classroom. A member of welfare will be able to support children from the corridor.


Following school review of available space and appropriate distancing between different year groups, a class rota system for morning break and lunch times has been established.


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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)


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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. 


Classes will be expected to remain respectful of one another during play and break times. Children must stay in their designated area at all times. After break and lunch times, children will line up 2 metres apart and walk at this distance back to their base classroom, following the one-way system.


Lunch will be eating in their class groups. The school lunch 'Grab Bag' will be brought to the child by a member of their class at lunchtime. 


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. 
  • No snack (school will provide snack).
  • Drinks cartons will also be disposed after lunch. 
  • Water bottles will remain in class. 

A NEW warning about the need for a coronavirus test even if you don’t have the three classic symptoms of the disease has been issued.


Blackburn with Darwen’s director of public health Professor Dominic Harrison had said there are 11 other milder signs of Covid-19 infection.

They include a runny nose, a persistent headache, shortness of breath and vomiting.


The classic three symptoms which the NHS advises people to look out for are a high temperature, a new persistent cough and a loss of smell or taste.


Prof Harrison issued his alert following new guidance from the World Health Organisation.

He is advising people who display any of the raft of milder symptoms to get a coronavirus test as soon as possible.

Prof Harrison said: “At the moment, national instruction is for people to get tested if they are showing the three main symptoms: a high temperature, a persistent cough or a loss of smell or taste.

“However, many other countries advise residents to seek a test if they have any one of 11 known principal symptoms.

“They include:

  • diarrhoea,
  • a persistent headache,
  • fever and chills,
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing,
  • fatigue,
  • muscle or body aches,
  • sore throat,
  • congestion or runny nose,
  • nausea or vomiting.


Across Lancashire we’ve seen reports of residents who have only experienced, for example, diarrhoea or a persistent and unusual headache lasting more than 24 hours who later turn out to have a confirmed Covid-19 case.

“With that in mind I am now advising anyone in Blackburn with Darwen who is worried or has any doubts about their possible Covid symptoms to get tested as soon as possible.

“When you are booking a test, if you don’t have the classic symptoms, simply say you don’t.

“A few clicks later on the website, you can then choose the option which says: ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me (or someone I live with) to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’. Alongside the vaccination programme, testing continues to be one of the most vital tools to help us reduce the spread of infection.”


Professor Harrison advises our community to follow self isolation national  guidance until the PCR test is confirmed.


We ask all parents to follow the above advice regarding taking your child for a PCR test if they suffer any of the above symptoms – your child must follow national guidance regarding isolation until the result of the PCR test is known.


If anyone in school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they will be sent home and advised to follow the COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection guidance.


If a child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a closed door, depending on the age of the child and with appropriate adult supervision if required. Ideally, a window should be opened for ventilation. If it is not possible to isolate them, they will be moved to an area which is at least 2 metres away from other people.


If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they should use a separate bathroom if possible. The bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

PPE will be worn by staff caring for the child while they await collection if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained (such as for a very young child or a child with complex needs).

In an emergency, call 999 if they are seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk. Do not visit the GP, pharmacy, urgent care centre or a hospital.


If a member of staff has helped someone with symptoms, they do not need to go home unless they develop symptoms themselves (and in which case, a test is available) or the child subsequently tests positive (see ‘What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus in a setting?’ below). They will wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds after any contact with someone who is unwell. Cleaning the affected area with normal household disinfectant after someone with symptoms has left will reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people. See the COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance.


When a child, young person or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 10 days. All staff and students who are attending an education or childcare setting will have access to a test if they display symptoms of coronavirus, and are encouraged to get tested in this scenario.


Where the child, young person or staff member tests negative, they can return to their setting and the fellow household members can end their self-isolation.


Where the child, young person or staff member tests positive, the rest of their class or group within their childcare or education setting should be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 10 days. The other household members of that wider class or group do not need to self-isolate unless the child, young person or staff member they live with in that group subsequently develops symptoms.


As part of the national test and trace programme, if other cases are detected within the ‘bubble’ or in the wider setting, Public Health England’s local health protection teams will conduct a rapid investigation and will advise school on the most appropriate action to take. In some cases, a larger number of other children/young people may be asked to self-isolate at home as a precautionary measure – perhaps the whole class, site or year group. Where settings are observing guidance on infection prevention and control, which will reduce risk of transmission, closure of the whole setting will not generally be necessary.


Close Contact Isolation Guidance Ammendment 

During the second school closure the school guidance was set to ensure potential and rapid asymptomatic and symptomatic transmission is restricted. As part of the risk assessment it was agreed that siblings would also return home and access remote learning during an isolation period of a sibling. As school is now planning to reopen, we will return to our previous procedures where only an identified close contact is sent home to isolate and access remote learning. This will be under constant review and will be reinstated if we see a significant rise in positive symptomatic and asymptomatic cases in school or the community. 




This guidance explains the measures that will help you to stay alert and safe as we continue to respond to the challenges of coronavirus. Key parts of these measures are underpinned by law, which sets out clearly what you must and must not do – every person in the country must continue to comply with this. The relevant authorities, including the police, have the powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.