The Computerized Pre- Payment Account System is now established and operational in all our schools. We appreciate your participation and support of this system. We encourage students to continue or to start pre-payment on their meal account to speed up the service. There will be no more standing and searching for money in the cafeteria line. With this quick service, students can go to their seats and enjoy their meal and the company of their friends. All new students will have the opportunity to utilize the pre- payment student account. Student with pre-paid account can use their 5 or 7- digit student ID number.
Pre-payment charges are accepted in all of the schools throughout the School District. Cash transactions are accepted, as well.
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The following are some frequently asked questions regarding the Meal Service System:
What is the UDSD Computerized Meal Pre-payment System?
This is a system that allows the school district to meet the Federal and State requirements regarding meal planning and service. This system will eliminate the need for cash on a daily basis thereby improving the flow of service to all students participating in our National School Lunch Program.
How does it work and what about information confidentiality of the system?
All students in the School District have an account based on their Student ID Number regardless of their meal category status (Paid, Free or Reduced Price Meals). The parent sends in money to be placed in the student’s account in advance to total a week, month or what funds your budget permits. Money for pre-paid accounts should be sent to school with the student in a sealed envelope. The envelope must include the student's name, ID number, classroom number, and the amount enclosed. Envelopes are collected in the morning and given directly to the kitchen cashier. The Pre-payment System uses the Student ID as pin # and will quickly access the account without overtly identifying a child’s meal status. This system will automatically deduct the amount from the account. The money on account can be used to purchase free and reduced breakfasts and luches, as well as a la carte menu items. When an account balance is running low, the student will be notified by the cashier. Computer screen during meal service does not reveal to anyone, including the cashier, the student meal eligibility status.
How does my child use the Computer System?
The computer now replaced the cash register. Your child will select the food items of his or her choice and computer payment keypad will be at the end of the serving line. There are two ways to pay (pre-payment or cash). For pre-paid accounts (including accounts receiving meal benefits), students may enter on a pin-pad their 5 or 7 digit Student ID number. This process will bring their account on the screen. The cashier will key in the food item a student has selected. The computer will calculate the balance and no cash is exchanged. No more cash to bring to school where it can be forgotten at home, misplaced or lost before the scheduled meal period.
How do I know that my child is the only one using the account?
The system records what is purchased and will notify the cashier in the computer screen that the account has been entered more than once.
Who do I call with questions about this payment system?
If you have any questions regarding this system, please contact your child's school office or Wendy Elgart at (610) 622-7000 x2359.