School Meal arrangements - first half Autumn Term 2020
In order to restrict movement of pupils across bubbles, we intend the children to eat only with their own year group, in their bubble. Therefore, it is not practical or safe to provide hot meals. Mrs Brazer, in conjunction with Herts Catering can, however, provide a healthy packed lunch with the intention of providing something similar to our current Fun Friday i.e. pizza, burger in a bun, sausage roll etc at points across the week. We are looking at this arrangement initially until the October half term holiday, but are obviously guided by central government instruction.
All universal free school meal children in Years Reception, 1 and 2 will automatically be provided with a packed meal unless requested not to do so. In addition, if your child in in receipt of benefit related free school meals, they too will automatically be catered for. If your child is in Year 3, 4, 5 or 6 (in September) and you would like Herts Catering to provide a lunch, we will need to know this by 17 July, at the latest, please. Unfortunately, we need to ask this to be a five day commitment and although you will be able to stop this option if it is not working for your child, we would ask that you do not request starting school meals once term has commenced (any request to start having school meals can be from after the autumn half term holiday). If we do not hear from you to request the school meal provided option, we will presume you are going to provide one from home. We will, of course, continue to provide suitable options for children with specialist dietary requirements.
School dinners are organised by a company called Hertfordshire Catering Limited. Our kitchen staff aim to provide meals that are well balanced and nutritious and children have a choice of meal every day including a “Whoopee Wednesday” roast dinner and a “Fun Friday” which is available to all children. Please click below to see the current Hertfordshire Catering Multi Choice Menu. Our kitchen staff are able to cater for special diets after successful completion of an online form, please see HCL Online Allergy System information below.
All children in Foundation Stage and KS1 are entitled to a free school meal. KS2 children’s meals are currently charged at £2.60 per meal. Dinner money is payable, in advance, via WisePay, if at all possible. If your child wishes to change their meal pattern, this may be done half termly, with advance notice given to the office in writing via email.
Parents who feel they may qualify for free school meals (e.g. if they are on income support) should call in at the school office for the appropriate form and information or apply here. All enquiries will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.
HCL Online Allergy System
From September 2018, parents requesting a special menu for medical, cultural or religious reasons will be required to register via the new HCL Online Allergy System https://specialmenu.hcl.co.uk/.
HCL provide a range of vegetarian dishes daily, so children requiring a vegetarian menu need not apply. However, pupils requiring a vegan, beef or pork free or vegetarian menu which excludes eggs for religious or cultural reasons, will need to apply. Please follow the link above for further information.
Children may bring a packed lunch. This should not include chocolate or sweets, nuts or seeds or any products containing nuts and seeds (eg hummus). The packed lunch needs to be kept in a named hard plastic lunch box or similar. Glass bottles should not be brought into school. Fruit drinks, squash, fizzy drinks and smoothies should not be included and water will be available for the children to drink. As Potten End is a “healthy school” we suggest that a packed lunch should consist of a healthy sandwich and fruit. This can be supplemented by the inclusion of either crisps or a biscuit or small cake. Cartons and packets that are difficult for the children to open should not be included in a packed lunch.