Posted on 18 February 2021

Partial reopening of the Canteen services : Maternelles, Primary and Secondary

We are very pleased to announce that we will be reopening our canteen and cafeteria for pupils and teachers as of Thursday 25 February. This will be a partial service, as detailed below, in conformity with the latest Belgian Covid regulations (circulaires 7955 and 7956) and with the full support of the school management.

The canteen service will be as follows for each school level:

Maternelle pupils
Normal canteen service will be resumed, with a warm meal consisting of a starter, main dish and dessert served in the canteen dining area.
Distancing and other Covid safety measures will apply and all pupils will be under their teacher’s supervision throughout. Maternelle pupils will have the entire canteen eating area to themselves as they will be the only ones eating there. The menu, with information on the allergens, will be published on the APEEE website as usual. All maternelle pupils currently subscribed to the canteen service will automatically be enrolled.

Primary school students
Lunch boxes, prepared by our canteen, will be distributed to Primary classrooms where pupils will eat under supervision from their teachers, as at present. Primary parents have been contacted directly with details.

Secondary students, staff and teachers
The cafeteria will reopen as a takeaway service, offering the full range of choices: paninis, homemade sandwiches, sandwiches delivered by a local producer of very good quality, drinks and water, as well as fruit, yoghurts and snacks. Opening time of the cafeteria in the sports hall is from 8:30 to 13:30.

To avoid crowding, the APEEE will open a second ‘quick service’ cafeteria in the teachers’ canteen between 12:00 and 13:30. On offer will be pizzas (which are made by our kitchen team) and take-out lunch boxes containing a salad or sandwich and dessert. Secondary students will be able to eat in the areas indicated by the school.

The APEEE is reopening the canteen and cafeteria because we know how important it is to deliver this service to your children. We don’t want to leave the canteen shut until the end of the school year and we think it is important for pupils to see that we can get a bit closer to normality, despite the pandemic.

We would like to point out that the cafeteria is not replacing the canteen service and therefore remains a paying service. The secondary students who are registered for a warm meal have the choice to either continue to bring their home-made lunch from home or buy something at the cafeteria. The APEEE will not send an invoice to parents of children registered for canteen service for the period February to the Easter holidays.

All Covid safety measures to be put in place have been planned in detail with the School and have been approved by COCOM, the relevant Belgian regulatory authority.

This is a test that will last for the period between Carnival and Easter. We will be continually monitoring the service and how pupils respond, to improve it as we go along. You will also be asked for your feedback in the week before the Easter holidays, as will pupils. If it is a success and you give us positive feedback, we will continue to the end of the school year. But this also requires that sufficient parents subscribe and pupils use it, otherwise it will not be economically viable, so we ask for your support in making it a success.

Please find below the menu concocted by our Canteen Chef and Manager for the Primary lunch boxes :

Menu LUNCHBOX for primary

Vegetarian Menu Lunchbox for primary





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