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Coronavirus Free School meals update 20 March 10:15

Coronavirus Free School meals update 20 March 10:15

We know that you may have been concerned about the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on pupils currently eligible for benefits-related free school meals. Let us rest assure you we are looking into this.

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. However, in this situation, the school will look to continue to provide support to these pupils.

We are looking into two different approaches as advised by the government to how we currently provide free meals to disadvantaged children.

  • We are speaking to our school catering provider today to see if they can prepare meals or food parcels that could be delivered to, or collected by families or 
  • A national approach to providing support through supermarket and shop vouchers which will be purchased by the school and sent to the parents of eligible pupils.

We will be updating you either later today or over the weekend with more details. Thank you for your patience. 

Warm regards

Martin Thomas
Director of Business Management