Clarification of entitlement to Free School Meals As an Infant School, in normal circumstances, all of our children are entitled to receive a school meal each day without parents having to pay for it. This system is known as universal free school meals, and is unrelated to household income. Universal free school meals provision […]Click Here to Read More...
Clarification of entitlement to Free School Meals
As an Infant School, in normal circumstances, all of our children are entitled to receive a school meal each day without parents having to pay for it. This system is known as universal free school meals, and is unrelated to household income. Universal free school meals provision only extends as far as Year 2. Once the children move into Year 3 parents are then charged for meals.
Some children are eligible for benefits based free school meals, as a result of their parents or carers being in receipt of certain types of credits/benefits. This type of free school meal can cover the whole of a child’s time in education.
Since the beginning of the school closure as a result of Coronavirus measures, Warden Hill Infant School has been providing daily packed lunches for collection from school for children eligible for benefits based free school meals only, as per Government expectations. The final day of this packed lunch provision will be Friday 3rd April.
There will be no free school meal provision at all during the Easter Holiday period, again in line with Government guidelines.
Following the Easter holiday, we will then be using the National Voucher Scheme, which was introduced by the Government on Tuesday 31st March. This will mean that all children at our school currently entitled to benefits based free school meals will be issued with a weekly e-giftcard or e-voucher which can be spent in Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, Waitrose or M&S Food.
If your circumstances have changed as a result of the coronavirus situation you would need to apply for benefits based free school meals through Luton Borough Council:
This would be the case if you are now eligible for any of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit – from 1 April 2018 provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
- Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), that does not exceed £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on (the payment someone receives for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
- The Council would then inform us of your FSM eligibility and we would contact you about the National Voucher Scheme.
You can help to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Make sure you and your children follow these general principles to prevent spreading any respiratory virus:
- Wash your hands often – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or an alcohol-based sanitiser if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If you feel unwell, stay at home and don’t attend work or school.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.
If you’re worried about your symptoms, please call NHS 111 – don’t go directly to your GP or other healthcare environments.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline – this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)