Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit

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20th March 2020


Dear parents/carers,


‘As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus’. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.


And the most scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.


That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend. I do not want people to panic but schools are closed for a reason.


It is important to underline that schools remain safe places for children at present. ‘But the fewer children making the journey to school and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.’ Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision 19th March 2020.


This is a reminder that school is still closed to the majority of pupils from Monday.


If you believe you are in the key worker group you need to contact me on ASAP but by 12pm at the very latest today. If you are a key worker parent and the other parent is able to work from home, your child must stay at home, so that we can provide the essential care needed whilst protecting ourselves.


I have been in contact with parents who believe they fall into the key worker category and we have been trying to accommodate need. If you are a key worker and you have seen the updated guidelines and believe you now qualify please email me the exact hours you need but please take into account my messages in this letter.


Pinewood will be opening on a skeleton staff, most staff are working from home as told by the government. We may need to close at any time if more staff are unable to attend. I want as few as children as possible in school to limit the risk of this having to happen.


As you can imagine the pressure on schools and the uncertainty is overwhelming at the moment and the guidelines have been very unclear so we are trying to battle through. I have a commitment to you as families to help as much as I can whilst supporting the wonderful staff here, whom I applaud. Their flexibility, calmness and care that they are providing whilst feeling very sad about their own classes finishing today, is humbling. I will work with you wherever I can to come up with solutions whilst keeping everyone as safe as possible.


Yours sincerely



Rachel Otter

Head Teacher