Pupils at one of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest high schools are now having ‘cold sandwiches’ for their lunch – after its catering staff were caught up in the coronavirus pandemic.
The reduced menu has been brought in at Haywood Academy, in Burslem, after its catering team was told to self-isolate for 14 days.
They are expected to return to work on Thursday, November 24.
It comes as a ‘small number of the school community’ – including a member of staff – have tested positive for coronavirus. Affected pupils must self-isolate until November 27.
Now extra staff have been drafted into the High Lane kitchen to keep the children fed.
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In a letter to parents, principal Mike Dawes states: “I have received confirmation that we will have to limit the menu from Cafe Life. Unfortunately, our catering team has been instructed to isolate for a period of 14 days due to coronavirus and we are having to adapt our provision as a result.
“The kitchen area has been sanitised and quarantined and additional staff members are being drafted in to ensure that we can continue to provide a cold sandwich menu for the next two weeks.
“While I appreciate this is not an ideal situation, it is the best we can currently offer. We will continue to seek to expand the menu in the coming days but understand if parents wish instead to provide a packed lunch in the meantime. Please be assured that if your child is entitled to free school meals, one will be provided.”
The latest developments come as the school this week ordered an overnight deep clean of its site.
The letter continued: “We have been in touch with the Department for Education and Public Health England which have both confirmed that no other steps, isolation or requirements are necessary for anybody else at this time.
“The health, safety and well-being of our entire academy community remains our absolute priority and I appreciate your ongoing support.”