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 scan their ID badge at the cashier’s station. At the elementary, students may scan their ID badge or key in their number on the corresponding pad. 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?
The Cafeteria Manager collects cash & check deposits in the morning before school starts and during the day including meal periods. Deposits are immediately entered into the student’s account.
Online credit card payments can be made by registering on paypams.com. There is a $1.95 transaction fee (required by a third party vendor) for each online deposit. (Please allow 24-48 hours for the online payment to be posted to the student’s account).
Parents will only need the student’s date of birth in order to register on PayPAMS. Please call the Student Nutrition Office at (972) 727-0545 for assistance.
How Do Students Know Their Balance?
Students may ask the cashier during their purchase as well as the cashier will notify students when their balance falls below $5.00 at the end of the transaction. 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 only 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. They will only be allowed to purchase what constitutes as a meal. 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.
Parents are strongly encouraged to continually monitor their child’s meal account balance.
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 Allen ISD 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 Allen ISD. If you are leaving the district, you may request a refund. The Account Refund Form can be found on the website or call Student Nutrition office at (972) 727-0545.
Graduating class of 2021-2022 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 any remaining Senior funds.
Option 1: Transfer the balance to a sibling. The remaining balance will be transferred to a sibling in the district. If this option is selected, but the sibling is no longer in the district at the end of the school year, the remaining balance will be dispersed as in Option 2.
Option 2: Refund / Donate the remaining Balance. If the student's balance is greater than $10.00 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 remaining funds under $10.00 must be done in person from the Cafeteria Manager by May 20, 2021. We are unable to issue a check for under $10, 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 (http://www.allenisd.org/Domain/37) located on the Student Nutrition website, and submitting by fax 214-383-7498, email to firstname.lastname@example.org, handed to the Cafeteria Manager, or sent to the Student Nutrition office, 1451 N. Watters Rd, Allen, TX 75013
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:
- Register at 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 charge for creating and viewing your student’s cafeteria purchases. PayPAMS charges $1.95 fee for any payment
- Request a printout 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, low fat 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 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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