Pupils: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 16th September 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that pupils who are eligible for free school meals are still able to receive that support if they are required to self isolate at home as a result of covid-19.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

School kitchens have reopened and normal free school meal provision has resumed for the autumn term. Schools should provide meal options for all pupils who are in school. Meals should be available free of charge to all infant pupils and all pupils who meet the benefits-related free school meals eligibility criteria. We expect catering providers to support pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals who are unable to attend school because they are self-isolating due to COVID-19 by providing food parcels should the need arise.

Our latest guidance for on providing school meals during the COVID-19 outbreak is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools.

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