Allen ISD Student Nutrition Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Computerized Cafeteria Account system work?
The system works just like a checking account. Deposits are made to the student’s individual account and purchases are deducted from the balance.
Each student will use their 6 digit Student ID to access their account. The student’s name and balance are displayed on the cashier’s screen and the purchases are deducted from the account balance. In middle school, freshman center and high school, students swipe their ID badge at the cashier’s station. The student’s ID picture is displayed on the cashier’s screen and a positive identification is made. Purchases are then deducted from the account balance.
How are deposits made to a student’s account?
There are two ways for parents to deposit funds into a student’s account:
1. The Cafeteria Manager collects deposits in the morning before school starts and during serving period in the Cafeteria. Deposits are immediately entered into the student’s account.
2. Credit card payments can be made online by registering on www.paypams.com
There is a transaction fee charged by PAYPAMS (third party vendor) to cover the cost of maintaining the system. (Please allow 24 to 48 hours for the online payment to be posted to the student’s account.)
How do students know their balance?
Students will be notified by the cashier when their balance falls below $4.00 for Elementary and Middle Schools, $5.00 for LFC & AHS. Students can also check their balance by entering their Student ID or scanning their badge at any cash register station. Balance and purchases can also be viewed on the PAYPAMS website at no charge once an account is established.
Is charging allowed?
Students use a prepaid lunch account to purchase his or her school meals. Students will be allowed a grace period of two days to continue to purchase school meals when the account balance has been exhausted. The District will allow the student's account to accumulate a negative balance with no fees or interest applied to the account. After the student reaches the maximum charge limit, the student may receive an alternate meal.
Students with a negative balance will not be allowed to purchase a la carte, snacks or extra items during the grace period. When the grace period has ended, the student will need to eat breakfast before coming to school and bring a lunch from home until the account has funds.
A School Messenger (voicemail and written email) notice goes out as soon as the account is below zero and continues every evening as long as there is a negative balance in the account.
Faculty and District employees are allowed a grace amount of $10.00. If the balance reaches the grace amount, no purchases will be allowed until the account balance is paid in full.
What happens to the money in my child’s account at the end of the school year or if my child transfers to another AISD school?
Money left in an account at the end of the school year will be available for that student’s use in the next school year at any school within the district. If you are leaving the district, you may request a refund. The Account Refund Form can be found on the website or call Lynn Dennis at 972-908-8975.
2019 Senior students lunch account balances at the end of the year must be at zero.
During enrollment you were required to make a choice for the Senior funds.
Option 1: Transfer the balance to a sibling or
Option 2: Refund/Donate the remaining balance. If the student's balance is greater than $5.00 the amount will automatically be refunded. Refund checks will be mailed to the address on file, please make sure the address with the district is correct.
Any refunds under $5.00 must be done in person from the Cafeteria Manager by May 22, 2019. We are unable to issue a check for under $5, therefore, any remaining funds collected by this date will be considered an agreement to donate to assist students in need.
Why are snack items offered at lunch?
In the past, we surveyed parents concerning snacks and the majority of parents wanted snacks offered to students. Parents can set limits for their child’s purchases by completing the Student Account Restriction Form (https://www.allenisd.org/Page/20401) located on the Student Nutrition website, and submitting it to the Cafeteria Manager or the Student Nutrition Office.
Where can I find information concerning school parties?
Please refer to the new Texas Department of Agriculture policies and information at www.squaremeals.org
How can I find out what my child is eating at school?
There are two ways to obtain this information:
1. Register at paypams.com. Information is not retroactive. Lunch activity will be posted starting from the day the student's account is linked with the parent account. Please note, there is no requirement to use the online payment feature to register and view cafeteria purchases.
2. Request a print-out from your Cafeteria Manager.
What is the Allen ISD Student Nutrition Dept. doing to provide nutritious meals to students?
At Allen Independent School District, our goal is to promote sound nutrition by offering students a variety of choices, including whole grains, lean meats, vegetarian options, milk, fresh fruits and vegetables. All entrees, side items and snacks served under the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, Kindergarten through 8th grade, meet the criteria established by the USDA for calories, fat and sodium. In an ever-changing school environment, we continuously strive to establish a standard of excellence in our cafes and develop menu items that our students enjoy, as well as adapt to change and new food trends--listening to the feedback of our peers and students in the process. Feeding students is our number one priority and we would love for you to dine with us!
Where can I find nutritional information on specific lunch menu items?
Nutrition and allergen information is located for lunch menu items on this website.
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