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Covid-19: Returning to School in September 2020

Lunch time arrangements

Kitchens will be fully open from the start of the autumn term and food will be available to all pupils who want it, including for those eligible for free school meals. Pupils will eat lunch in identified dining areas in their contact groups, with surfaces used for dining being cleaned between groups / uses.  Dining may also be undertaken outdoors (weather permitting), again, with pupils remaining in their contact groups wherever possible. It might be required in a small number of cases for learners to have their lunch in their classroom to enhance social distancing. 

Break times and lunch times will be staggered so that the numbers of children at break / lunch at the same time will be the lowest number possible.

No pupils will be permitted to leave the school site during the school day. 

To minimise the risk of transferring infection via cash handling, schools are encouraged to become “cash and cheque free” once reopened with the aim of becoming cash free during the autumn term. This will apply to all items purchased for cash or cheque within a school and includes (but not limited to) purchases such as schools meals, uniform, kit and equipment. Online payments are well established within Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC with all schools being enabled for dinner money payments. Please contact bankrec@rctcbc.gov.uk to set up appropriate options.

Breakfast club provision

Following the receipt of extremely high level of applications for breakfast club provision and an assessment of school hall sizes, it is not going to be possible to safely ensure that children remain within their contact groups when attending breakfast club.  The Council is keen to ensure that the provision of education is not compromised by potentially having large numbers of children needing to self-isolate due to contact groups not being maintained when attending breakfast club provision.  We are planning to re-open provision on 28th September 2020 with a significantly reduced capacity.    Places will be allocated on a ‘first come - first served’ basis based on the submitted applications and unsuccessful applicants will be notified by 5pm on 18th September 2020.  Successful applicants will not be notified as places have been automatically reserved. 

A further application process will be undertaken for the new Spring Term and parents will receive further details at the end of November 2020 of how to reapply on-line.  


Our menus follow nutritional standard regulations in our schools, as set out in the guidelines from the Welsh Government in the The Healthy Eating in Schools (Nutritional Standards & Requirements) (Wales) Regulations 2013

Free school meals entitlement

Access to good quality school meals can make a significant contribution to a child’s dietary intake and influence to children’s overall health and wellbeing. The provision of free school meals (FSM) for those who qualify helps to ensure that most children have at least one balanced, nutritious meal during the school day, irrespective of parental income.

The range of choices for all pupils, either paying or entitled to free school meals is the same. Each day the catering services in each school (primary and secondary) provide a range of choices of hot meals, salads, filled jacket potatoes and baguettes, even pack lunches can be provided.

If you think your child may be entitled to free school meals please view the free school meals page for more information.