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File Structure: Free/Reduced Price Meals 1988-2003

File structure for free and reduced priced meals/California Work Opportunity (CalWORKs) downloadable data files.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals/CalWORKs -
District and School Level Data

Field Name
Field Type
Width
Description

FYR

Character

4

Year data was collected. All data is based on the month of October.

CCODE

Character

2

Two-digit county code.

DCODE

Character

5

Five-digit district code.

SCODE

Character

7

Seven-digit school code.

DNAME

Character

50

District name (only appears in the district level file).

SNAME

Character

50

School name (only appears in the school level file).

GRD_SPAN

Character

5

Five-digit grade span.

PUBLIC_ENR

Numeric

6

October school enrollment (not from California Basic Educational Data System [CBEDS] data collection).

PRIVATE_EN

Numeric

6

The number of children, ages 5-17, known to be residing in the school attendance area but not enrolled in public school (private school enrollees, dropouts, etc.).
Note: This data is not from the Private School Affidavit data collection.

CALWORKS

Numeric

6

The total number of CALWORKS (formerly AFDC) children, ages 5-17, residing in the attendance area of the public school.

FREE_MEALS

Numeric

6

The number of students enrolled in free meal programs on the same date as enrollment show in public enrollment.
Note: In prior year data files, this field represented the total meals (free + reduced meals).

RED_MEALS

Numeric

6

The number of students enrolled in reduced price meal programs on the same date as enrollment shown in public enrollment.
Note: This field was new in 1998 and is not available for prior years.

TOTAL_MEALS (sum of free_meals+red_meals)

Numeric

6

The total number of students enrolled in free or reduced price meal programs on the same date as enrollment shown in public enrollment.

CALW_PCT (in years prior to 1998, this field name was AFDC_PCT)

Numeric

7

Percent of CalWORKs (formerly AFDC) children of the combined public and private enrollment. 
Example: CalWORKs (formerly AFDC) Count / (Public Enrollment + Private Enrollment) = Percentage.

MEAL_PCT ( in years prior to 1998, this field name was free_pct )

Numeric

7

Percent of total meal program enrollment of the combined public and private enrollment. 
Example: Free and Reduced Price Meals Count / (Public Enrollment + Private Enrollment) = Percentage.

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