CORONAVIRUS / Service Continuity Update: Spring 2020
COVID-19 / CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM DERBYSHIRE SERVICES FOR SCHOOLS
During the current period of unprecedented upheaval, the Derbyshire Services for Schools team is working hard to provide you with the information you need regarding traded services, without bombarding you with new content on a daily basis.
The attached guide has been put together to outline the current trading situation across all our provider teams.
The guide covers any changes to service delivery, all extended purchasing deadlines and highlights those services which are currently unavailable.
We are constantly working with our service providers and the wider council to monitor the rapidly changing situation, and will keep you informed of all changes as and when required.
As always, if you have any additional questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CORONAVIRUS / SCHOOL CATERING AND FSM: Extended Provision of Food Boxes for FSM pupils
Following the recent success of the food boxes for free school meals eligible pupils over the Easter period, Derbyshire Catering Service would like to extend this provision for schools who do not wish utilise the supermarket voucher scheme.
The cost of each food box ordered is £30 and contains 2 weeks of provisions for 1 child, which will be charged to your school on a monthly basis via your usual school meal charging method.
The food box will provide store cupboard essentials and is based on providing the pupil with food that they would ordinarily receive if they were at school to include breakfast and lunch ingredients.
If you would like purchase these hampers for your pupils, please read the attached leaflet that provides you with the necessary information on how to order.
If you have any queries please contact either your Operational Catering Manager or:
Sara Jones, Catering Service Manager - Primary Schools
Mobile: 07748 624 247
Zak Goodwin, Catering Service Manager - Secondary Schools
Mobile: 07733 002 448
CORONAVIRUS / INSURANCE: Guidance on the Production of PPE Equipment in Schools
GUIDANCE FOR LA MAINTAINED SCHOOLS ONLY:
We are aware that some schools may have kindly offered their services for the production of visors/masks etc to help with the Covid-19 situation.
If DCC’s schools or libraries are to consider production of PPE equipment using their 3D printers or other equipment, the Derbyshire County Council insurance team need the following information:
Who is providing the design details for the products?
Does the design confirm to the appropriate specifications required by the NHS etc?
Is any payment for the design required?
Does the design specify the materials to be used in detail such that the finished products will meet the required specifications of the end users?
How many of the masks will be produced?
Who will the masks be for? Are they aware that they are being made for them or will they just be donated?
Will there be any income arising from the production of the equipment?
This can then be referred to our insurers to establish whether indemnity cover can be provided.
Please contact Hazel Swainsbury for further details at email@example.com
CORONAVIRUS: Derbyshire Catering Service provision for the reopening of schools
Derbyshire Catering Service would like to reassure schools that we will support them following the latest Government advice, which was for schools to reopen from the week commencing 1st June at the earliest.
The attached guide features a comprehensive overview of the support available to schools and academies who purchase catering from the Derbyshire Catering Service.
CORONAVIRUS / Free School Meals: Latest Update
The COVID-19 pandemic is identifying new vulnerable families within Derbyshire. Many have seen their personal circumstances change dramatically, have lost income and may be finding it difficult to claim benefits and seek assistance.
We are concerned that there may be some families now be eligible for Free School Meals but unsure how to apply or who don’t know if they are entitled. It is important to remember that families who become eligible now will be protected and continue to receive free meals until March 2022 under a new ruling following the rollout of Universal Credit. Taking up this allowance can save a family budget over £400 for each child every year.
Schools also benefit, as pupils eligible for free schools meals attract Pupil Premium funding of around £1,000+ per pupil. This funding is guaranteed for 6 years, whether or not the pupil continues to be eligible for free schools meals during that time.
During school closures many schools are providing alternative schemes such as packed lunches, supermarket vouchers or hampers which new vulnerable families may be entitled to access.
Please encourage all potentially eligible families to contact the friendly Free School Meals team at firstname.lastname@example.org
School staff or parents can ring the team on 01629 536400/01629 535743, where they will receive instructions on who can be contacted on that given day.
Families can also apply on line at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/education/schools/your-child-at-school/meals/school-meals/free-school-meals.aspx
Access to free schools meals provides many benefits to eligible families during these difficult times, including reducing the financial burden of providing regular meals. Children receive the benefit of a consistent source of nutrition, improving concentration and the ability to learn, as well as encouraging them to eat a variety of foods and adopt healthy eating habits.