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. 

COVID-19 absence: A quick guide

Returning to School

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Welcome Back September 2020


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 walk up the public footpath (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):

  • Via the school playground- Reception
  • Pre-School & Infant Doors- Pre-School and Y1 and Y2
  • Rear Doors – Y3 and Y4
  • Main Doors – Y5 and Y6

Following a review of the Risk Assessment all year groups will be collected from the main playground each morning. Children will be brought out to their parents or carers at the end of the day on the main playground. 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


Unlike the Summer Term return where we had a large number of Bubbles per class we will now operate a Class Bubble system. 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.  


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 visor and will not be able to have lengthy 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 drip off and pick up times.


External One-way system

Pre-School & Infant Doors- Pre-School and Y1 and Y2 parents will be able to walk along the Infant 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 Mrs Bass will then invite a parent and the child into the school grounds. There will be a handover to Mrs Bass and then parents are free to leave following the same route and then exit 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 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. 


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 Key Stage 2 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.

  • Pre-School- Eat their dinner in the classroom
  • EYFS-Eat their dinner in the classroom
  • YEAR 1- Eat their dinner in the classroom
  • YEAR 2- Eat their dinner in the classroom

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.

End of the Day

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


  • Pre-School- Dismissed via the Pre-school/Infant exit 15:00
  • EYFS- Taken to the school playground at 15:05
  • Year 1- Dismissed via Infant exit at 15:20
  • Year 2- Dismissed via Infant exit at 15:10
  • Year 3- Dismissed via KS2 doors 15:15 and onto the school playground at 15:20
  • Year 4- Dismissed via KS2 doors and onto the school playground at 15:30
  • Year 5- Dismissed via Main Doors (15:20) parents to wait at the front gates. Children can walk home if agreement signed
  • Year 6- Dismissed via Main Doors (15:30) parents to wait at the front gates. Children can walk home if agreement signed


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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)

What is a sneeze?


Movement around the school will be limited and undertaken with adult guidance at all times. When the children leave their  classroom to go outside for break, lunch or outdoor learning, they will follow the markers on the floor to ensure they stay 2 metres from peers and adults. Children will follow an adult from their class on their designated route, following the one-way system. Children will walk sensibly at all times.

Access to the toilets will be available throughout the day. 


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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. 

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 7 days. Their fellow household members should self-isolate for 14 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 14 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.




The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • Loss of sense of smell and/or taste

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.


Main messages

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (The ending isolation section below has more information)
  • After 7 days, if you do not have a high temperature, you do not need to continue to self-isolate. If you still have a high temperature, keep self-isolating until your temperature returns to normal. You do not need to self-isolate if you just have a cough after 7 days, as a cough can last for several weeks after the infection has gone
  • If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. See the explanatory diagram
  • For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. The ending isolation section below has more information, and see the explanatory diagram
  • Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • reduce the spread of infection in your home: wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser; cover coughs and sneezes
  • If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus (COVID-19) service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  • If you develop new coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms at any point after ending your first period of isolation (self or household) then you need to follow the same guidance on self-isolation again
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.

Testing- A letter from PHE and the DFE 

The Department for Education has worked closely with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace to ensure that we are doing all we can to minimise the potential risks of spread. A key part of this is the appropriate use of testing to help identify people who are positive and subsequently their contacts.


We have made testing available throughout the country and anyone with symptoms can book a test online or over the telephone through 119 to get the certainty they need to protect themselves and those around them.


Crucial to our overall support for schools and colleges is ensuring that everyone with coronavirus symptoms has access to a test as soon as they develop those symptoms. It is vital that we learn from the recent Scottish experience, where the return of schools saw a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms. We want to avoid a similar surge in test demand as England’s schools and colleges return to ensure that we continue to prioritise our testing capacity for those with symptoms and to avoid children, students and their families self-isolating unnecessarily.


To ensure we identify those with coronavirus while avoiding a huge increase in demand for tests from people without coronavirus symptoms, we ask that you recommend to your pupils, students and staff who feel unwell, that they get tested if:

  • they develop one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms:
    • a high temperature
    • a new, continuous cough
    • the loss or change of their sense of taste or smell, or
  • they are recommended to get tested by a healthcare provider (e.g. GP or nurse)

If a pupil, student or staff member develops one or more of the main coronavirus symptoms described above, only they should be tested. There is no need for their households to have a test, unless they are also symptomatic. Unless a pupil, student or staff member has one of the three main coronavirus symptoms, they should only be tested if instructed otherwise by the local authority, health protection team or their GP. As schools and colleges across England return, pupils and students may feel unwell for example with a sore throat, stomach upset or a headache. These pupils and students don’t need to book a test but may need to stay off school or college and seek medical advice through their GP or pharmacist as usual.