Dinners

Dinners

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Creating a Meal Plan for your School

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Schoolcomms:

  1. Click on Dinners > Create Dinner Plan
  2. Name of Dinner Plan – This is where you can add the name of you meal plan and this is what will be displayed on School Gateway
  3. To select members, use the list on the left of the screen and highlight the member(s)/group(s) from the list and click Add; The selected members will be moved to the right-hand side box
  4. When you are happy with your selection click Save. Alternatively, click Cancel to return to the Manage Dinners screen
  5. The template for your Dinner plan is now created. Now you will need to create some menus

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Managing Menus

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You can create your menus and assign them to specific weeks on rotation allowing you to customise your own meal plan to suit your school.

Schoolcomms:

  1. Click Dinners > Select your Dinner plan > Manage Menu
  2. Once you are in your Dinner Plan click Manage Menu on from the right-hand side menu
  3. Add a menu choice and add a label for your menu choice if you wish (this is optional). If you do not have a menu choice  you can just add a label.
  4. You must allocate your menu to the days of the week. Click on the Rotation Icon and choose the days of the week you want this meal on. So that these will then appear when you apply them to the calendar later
  5. Once you have completed these steps click Add to save your choice
  6. Repeat this process for all your week 1 choices
  7. To add additional weeks, click Add Week and create you next week’s menu choices.
  8. Repeat this process until you have created all your weeks. You can add as many weeks as you need to, to suit your requirements.
  9. Now you need to add your weeks to the Calendar. Set your date range to your required date
  10. Select the week you want from the calendar below, making sure to remove the days there is no service. By clicking on the blue day or week you do not want to create a meal for and it will then turn grey
  11. Click on Select Week and chose the week you want to allocate
  12. If any menu choices do not appear go back to Step 4 and make sure you have clicked on the Rotation Icon to apply your menu to specific days of the week
  13. Once you are happy with your selection click Save on the top right corner

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School Gateway settings for Dinners

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Changing how your parents interact with your Dinners in School Gateway

Once your Dinners is set up you want to change how your parents can interact with Dinners via School Gateway, e.g. see what has been booked, can they make a booking if so when can they make a booking.

Click on Dinners>Select Dinner Plan> School Gateway Settings

  1. Click on School Gateway Settings on the right-hand side of the screen. This will display your current settings
  2. If you want parents/staff to be able to view Dinners on School Gateway click in the box Parents/ Staff can view meals
  3. If you want parents/staff to book online click in the box Parents/Staff can book meals
  4. You can then select when they can book the meal by clicking the relevant box
  5. If you want to apply Free School meals click the box
  6. Once you are happy with your selection click Save on the top right corner

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Creating a Dinners Payment Request

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Schoolcomms:

  1. Click Dinners > Select the Dinner Plan > Create Payment Request
  2. The name of the Dinner Plan is already selected, the type of payment is by default Schoolcomms Dinners flex: can be paid more than once
  3. The payment request is linked to the Dinner Plan, this means that once a payment is made it will automatically update the members balance in Dinners and on the School Gateway
  4. Visibility – Input the dates you want your parents to be able to see the item to pay against via their School Gateway.
  5. Event date? –  you do not need to use this
  6. Additional information and consent guidance – Input any information that you feel your parents need to know when making a payment. OR ask a question of your parents in this box
  7. Require payer comment? – If you have asked a question of your Parent in the box above you can use this box to prompt an answer
  8. Bank account – Select the bank account you want Schoolcomms to deposit the money into when you parents pay online
  9. Cost centre – If you use and internal cost centre and you would like this appearing on your reports in Schoolcomms please input it here
  10. Costs & Installments – input the Due date – This is date you want your parents to pay by. Amount input the minimum amount you want your parents to pay.   Please note, once one parent has added this item into their basket this section cannot be amended
  11. The members of your Dinner Plan are automatically added into the payment request
  12. If you need to remove a member from the payment request so they cannot pay for a meal click on the small cross next to their name
  13. Once you are happy the details are correct click Save on the top right corner of your screen

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Changing bookings for your members

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Ideally your parents will be booking their meal choices through School Gateway, however, there may be occasions when they need to amend or cancel their booking. If this is the case they will need to contact you in school so that you can make any amendments. This means you keep control of your Dinners in school.

Log into Schoolcomms and click on Dinners > select your Dinner Plan

  1. Once you have selected your Dinner Plan, click on Manage Bookings from the right-hand side menu
  2. Select the day that you want to make an amendment for, from the left-hand side of the screen. You can select from future or past bookings.
  3. Find the member that you want to make an amendment for
  4. To amend a menu choice, click on the pencil icon, select your new choice and click on the tick icon. You will then see a warning message asking you to confirm – please click Yes if you want to save your changes. A credit will be applied to the child’s balance to reverse the original booking, and then a charge will be applied for the new booking.
  5. To cancel a booking, click on the dustbin icon. You will then see a warning message asking you to confirm – please click Yes if you want to save your changes. A credit will then be applied to the child’s balance to reverse the original charge.

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Recording an opening balance for your Dinners

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Once your Dinners has been created and before you make it visible to your parents you may wish to record opening balances if you have already been taking money outside of Schoolcomms for your Dinners.

Log into Schoolcomms and click on Dinners >  Record Charges 

  1. Once you are in Dinners click on Record Charges from the menu on the left-hand side of your screen
  2. Select the Dinner plan you want to record the charge for, from the list on the left-hand side of the screen
  3. Under the members name you wish record and amount for click in the No Action box
  4. Select if you wish to record a credit (positive balance) or a charge (negative balance)
  5. Add the amount of the balance into the amount box
  6. Repeat this process until you have added all the balances you need to. Once you are happy click Apply Actions on the top right corner and this will save the changes and update the balances for Dinners and in School Gateway

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Dinners Reports

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Within your Dinner system you have a series of reports which will help you manage your Dinners and keep track of the balance. Below is a list of the reports that you will be able to access and a brief outline of what they contain.

  1. Log into Schoolcomms and click on Dinner > Dinner Reports
  2. Once you are in Dinners select Dinner Reports from the left-hand side menu
  3. This will bring up a list of the reports and a description of each report is listed alongside the report name to help you distinguish which report you need
  4. The reports include:
  5. Weekly meal numbers – This will display the totals of billed meals, free school meals and universal free school meal for each day in the period selected
  6. Dinner balances – This report will list all the dinner balances for all members
  7. Dinner transactions – This report will list all the dinner transactions
  8. Click on the report you wish to view
  9. To filter on a column, click the Filter icon  within the column header and select the drop-down arrow
  10. To save a report select Export or print the report by selecting Print on the top right corner

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