It is required that ‘school lunch taken’ is recorded for students in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 on Census day. To enter this data go to Admin > Census > select the census to be completed > School Lunch Taken.
Once the morning registers has been completed you can pre-populate all present students as having a lunch that day using the pre-populate button at the bottom and then untick any students who has a packed lunch on census day. Alternatively you can manually tick the students who have taken a school lunch on census day.
If the school is closed, or a class absent on Census day, the DfE offers advice for unusual circumstances - click here for details.