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Free School Meals during School Closure

Update - 27th March 2020

Our catering provider has responded to feedback given and added extra items into the hamper for next week (Tuesday 31st March 2020). These include, jam, margarine, cheese triangles, pasta, some fresh vegetables. Hampers can be picked up by the main School Gate between 11am and 1pm on Tuesday. If you are self-isolating and are unable to leave your home, please email freeschoolsmeals@southwood.bardaglea.org.uk and we will do our best to get the hamper to you.

Free School Meals Information from the Government

We know that schools and education settings are concerned about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on pupils currently eligible for benefits-related free school meals.

This guidance explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals where:

  • the pupil has to stay at home because they and/or wider family members are displaying coronavirus (COVID-19) related symptoms
  • the school is only open for certain groups or is closed temporarily

 

Support for pupils who have to stay at home

Under normal circumstances, schools are not expected to provide free school meals to disadvantaged children who are not attending due to illness or if the school is closed. We expect schools to continue to provide support to these pupils if:

  • they/or a family member are affected by coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • your school is only open for certain groups or is closed temporarily

We understand that schools will have different approaches to how they currently provide free meals to disadvantaged children.

You may currently provide free school meals using:

  • an in-house catering team
  • a local authority catering service
  • a private catering provider

The steps you take to support pupils affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) might be different depending on the individual circumstances of the school.

 

At Southwood, the following provision will be made available for pupils currently eligible for benefits-related free school meals:

 

Weekly lunch hamper that can be picked up from the Main School Gate between 11am and 1pm every Tuesday.

 

Please note we are clarifying with the Government whether this applies to the Easter holiday period.

 

Please call the School Office or email freeschoolmeals@southwood.bardaglea.org.uk by 4pm on the Friday if you are eligible for the weekly lunch hamper and wish to pick it up between 11am and 1pm on the following Tuesday from the Main School Gate. Any questions or queries regarding free school meals, please also email freeschoolmeals@southwood.bardaglea.org.uk.

 

Please also note that this only applies to benefits-related free school meals and not all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who usually get universal infant free school meals.

 

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