DfE Updates Guidance on Free School Meals during Covid-19 for the Return to School

The Department for Education (DfE) has updated its guidance on providing school meals during COVID-19, accounting for the measures schools and caterers need to put in place for pupils returning to school from September. The guidance provides information on supporting Free School Meals (FSM) pupils who may be quarantined at home, details on managing universal infant free school meals, an update on school food contracts and more about the additional costs incurred before the summer holidays. The guidance makes clear that all meals must continue to comply with the School Food Standards and it also confirms the temporary extension of FSM to pupils from migrant families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) will continue through the Autumn term.

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