September 2020 Arrangements
Part 5 Lunchtime arrangements
We can't wait to welcome all the children to school in September!
However - let's start by being completely clear - COVID-19 has not yet gone away.
Whilst welcoming all children back this autumn, we will also be asked to minimise the number of contacts that a child has during the school day as part of implementing the system of controls outlined by risk assessment to reduce the risk of transmission. All elements of the system of controls are essential.
The overarching principle we are having to apply is to reduce the number of contacts between children and staff. We will achieve this through keeping phase or year groups separate (in ‘bubbles’) and through maintaining distance between individuals. These are not alternative options and both measures will help, but the balance between them will change depending on:
- children’s ability to distance from others.
- the lay out of the school and the movement needed.
- the feasibility of keeping distinct groups separate while offering a broad curriculum and a near normal school experience.
- the necessity for enhanced hygiene measures.
It is likely that for younger children the emphasis will be on separating groups, and for older children it will be on distancing. For children old enough, we will also be supporting them to maintain distance and not touch staff where possible.
We will review procedures at half term - but for now, this is how lunchtimes will need to run.
Where are the children going to eat?
What are the children going to eat?
Home provided packed lunches
If you send your child with a packed lunch, please remember the following:
- No nuts whatsoever.
- No sweets
- No fizzy drinks
- No bars of chocolate
- If your child has a component that requires cutlery such as yogurt or pasta, please supply a spoon or fork.
- Please remember to name packed lunch boxes / bags so that there is no chance of children eating / touching the wrong lunch. You wouldn't believe how many children have the same Hello Kitty, Football Club or Batman packed lunch bags!
How will I order a meal? Please read this carefully - this has changed and if you miss it, your child won't receive a lunch.
The platform will be opened up after 12 noon on Monday 7th September.
You can book and pay for a day, a week at a time or for the whole half term. However - if you wish to book ahead, please remember that all meals have to be paid for for within two hours of booking them, otherwise the booking is failed and you will receive a message from the parent pay system to tell you that you will need to rebook.
Very important information - even if your child is a Universal or Additional Free School Meal receiver, you still need to book the meal on Parent Pay. Obviously you will not need to pay, but the booking needs to be made by you, or your child will not receive a lunch.
Paid for and Universal Free School Meals
Universal free school meals for infants
If your child is in reception, year one or year two they are automatically entitled to a free school meal.
Additional Free School Meal Status
Qualifying for free school meals
To qualify for free school meals you must fulfil one of the following criteria:
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
- Income Support;
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
Please note that contributions-based benefits, including contribution-related Jobseekers' Allowance do not entitle you to claim free school meals.
Apply for free school meals
If you meet the criteria, apply by using the application form (docx / 147 KB).
Applications are usually processed within five working days. You will be notified in writing, either by post or email, if your child is entitled and we will also let the school know. You should continue to pay until confirmation comes through.
Free school meals claims cannot be backdated. They are awarded from the date we receive the application, once eligibility is confirmed. This is because there is a legal requirement for a request to be made, before a free school meal can be provided.
If you are not entitled to free school meals, you will be notified in writing.
Even if your child is currently in FS, Y1 or Y2 and gets Universal Free meals please read this carefully
What time will my child get to eat?
We may utilise some of the other rooms in school if we find the timings aren't long enough.
11:45 - EY/Y1
12:00 - Y2
12:15 - Y4
12:30 - Y3
12:45 - Y5/6
Each year group will have an extended playtime in their own play space after their lunch. We are greatly blessed by having lots of outdoor spaces to use.