English Martyrs Catholic

Primary School

A Learning Community in Christ

Phased reopening

Preparing your child to return to school


If your child as been offered a place and is returning to school, there are a number of ways in which you can support the school in helping us to operate safely, and also in managing this transition for your children.


  • Explain to your child that things will be very different in school - that they may not be with their friends, in their classroom or with their teacher.  However, please also emphasise all the positives about returning to school - why not have a look at some photos of the school and the class pages from the website (or on Tapestry if your child is in Early Years) and talk together about what your child enjoys about school and what they are looking forward to; 
  • Explain to your child that it is very important that they stay in their 'bubble' and that this group of children and adults will be their school family over the coming weeks.  Please ensure that your child understands that they cannot come out of this group to see friends in another class, to use a different set of toilets or to pop to the offices.  Whilst Mrs Townsley usually loves children dropping in to show off good work and for a sticker, this won't be possible at the moment;
  • Ensure that your child understands when to wash their hands and how to wash their hands thoroughly.  There are resources below to help you with this and a copy of the posters that will be displayed in classrooms and at all sink areas around the school so that you can familiarise your children with them;
  • For their safety and for that of the rest of the school, please talk to your children about the importance of telling the adult that they are with if they feel unwell.
  • You may find the resource below helpful in talking them through what returning to school will be like and why it is happening:

What if my child or a member of my family is showing symptoms of the coronavirus?


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

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


If your child or a member of your household develops coronavirus symptoms, you must not send them to school.  Instead you must call the school to inform the school of this and follow the national Stay at Home Guidance:


If your child becomes seriously ill or their life is at risk then you should call 999 for urgent assistance.