School Dinners Update 17.12.2020
I have been informed by DCC catering that from 5th January, we will have reduced staffing in the kitchen until at least February half term. Due to Covid restrictions they are unable to provide additional cover.
Due to the reduced staffing, we will have to serve the school dinners in a different way.
We will still be following the hot dinner menu, but for some year groups the food will be served in disposable containers and as such means choices are not as flexible.
Those classes using the disposable trays will be Year 2, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
We know this will be disappointing as we are unable to be as flexible over food choices as we normally are.
We already know who has vegetarian/dietary requirements and are unable to take other requests of food preferences.
We hope this is just a temporary measure and will resume to full service as soon as possible.
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.
Free School Meals during Covid-19.
If you are a family on a low income you could get food vouchers for your children over the Christmas period.
The money to pay for these vouchers has come from the government through its COVID-19 winter grant scheme which is over and above the other support schemes already provided by Derbyshire County Council.
The family of every child who gets free school meals in Derbyshire schools because of low income can get a £30 food voucher for the Christmas holidays. You will get another voucher in February if you are still eligible, the amount will depend on the number of children who qualify at that time. Some other families are also eligible based on financial hardship.
You will receive vouchers if you meet one of the following criteria:
• Have a child aged 3 to 18 in a Derbyshire school (nursery to year 13), eligible for free school meals because of low household income.
• Have a child aged 3 or 4 not in a Derbyshire school nursery that receives free childcare and qualifies for 'pupil premium' based on low income (this is sometimes called 'economic funding').
• Have a child aged 2 that is eligible for free 2-year-old childcare because of low household income.
You do not need to do anything if your child already meets these criteria (see our website for full terms and conditions).
Derbyshire County Council will contact you and you should receive a payment by email or text message that should arrive by 21 December 2020.
If you have children and you do not currently claim free school meals or means-tested free childcare you may still be eligible. For full details of the scheme or to see what help and support is available, please visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/winter
We are very fortunate to have a kitchen on site which enables us to serve freshly made food. Julie, Helen and Mel are happy to speak to parents about any allergies or dietary requirements in a morning.
Schools dinners are free for pupils from Reception to Year 2 and for parents in receipt of certain benefits. If you would like to check if you are eligible for free dinners please come and chat to the staff in the admin office.
Pupils in Year 3 to Year 6 are charged £2.20 per dinner and we ask that these are paid for via 'Schoolmoney' which is our online payment system.
Please find below this half term's menu and allergen information:
Pupils who do not wish to have school dinners can bring packed lunches, please can we ask that these are healthy and well balanced and the families avoid bringing nut products where possible due to nut allergies within school.
If your child wishes to change from packed lunches to school dinners, just ring and speak to the admin office.