A. All meal purchases are to be prepaid before meal service begins. Students are assigned a meal account when they enroll in International Falls Public Schools. It is the parent/guardians responsibility to make sure adequate funds are available in their student(s) account each day for breakfast and/or lunch. It is recommended to have at least a week’s worth of meals prepaid in the student’s account.
B. Parent(s) or guardian(s) can manage their student(s) meal accounts through online access via Skyward Family Access. The link for Skyward Family Access is found on the district website at www.isd361.k12.mn.us under “Quick Links” then select “Skyward Portal”. Family Access allows parent(s) or guardian(s) the ability to:
1.View meal account balances
2.Make payments to student account(s)
3.Set a low balance message
4.View student meal account purchases
If parent(s) or guardian(s) do not have a user name setup for Skyward Family Access they can contact the school office to have this setup.
C. Student meal account payments can be made as follows:
1.Pay by credit or debit card online through Skyward Family Access or via ISD 361 web store offered through RevTrak. The link to either system is located on district website under “Quick Links”. There is a $1 transaction fee applied to all online payments.
2.Send cash or check with student to school. Make check payable to ISD 361 and include student pin # and name.
3.Mail or drop off cash or check to your student’s school.
4.By setting up reoccurring payments:
a) Reoccurring payments allow parent(s) or guardian(s) to set a minimum meal account balance which will trigger an automatic payment to the student(s) account. An email notification is sent to the parent(s) or guardian(s) each time a payment is made.
b) To setup reoccurring payments go to ISD 361 web store.
c) Log into personal account then setup reoccurring payments for each student. If parent(s) or guardian(s) do not have a web store account setup they can contact the school office to have this setup.
D. If a parent or guardian chooses to send in one payment that is to be divided between sibling accounts, the parent or guardian must specify how the funds are to be distributed to the student’’ accounts.
E. Transferring of funds between student sibling accounts requires the approval of the parent or guardian. Graduating senior student account balances will be automatically transferred to a sibling at the end of school year.
1.Parent(s) or guardian(s) with graduating students will be requested to advise the school office if they want their positive senior students account balance refunded, or transferred to the districts meal donation account.
LOW OR NEGATIVE ACCOUNT BALANCE NOTIFICATION
A. Parent(s) or guardian(s) are encouraged to utilize Skyward Family Access to manage their student(s) meal account(s). A mobile application for Family Access is also offered by Skyward.
B. The school district will make reasonable efforts to notify families when meal account balances are low or fall below zero as follows. Parent(s) or guardian(s) can also set a low balance email notification via Skyward Family Access.
C. Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified when the student account is at $10.00 or less via the district telephone and e-mail notification system on Tuesday of each week.
D. Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be notified when a student account is at negative -$10.00 via the district telephone/e-mail notification system on Monday of each week.
E. Reminders for payment of outstanding student meal balances will not demean or stigmatize any student participating in the school lunch program.
POLICY FOR MEAL ACCOUNTS WITH $0 OR NEGATIVE BALANCES:
Meal Account Balances at negative -$25.00
When a student’s meal account balance is negative -$25 the districts’ nutrition director or designee will call the parent(s) or guardian(s).
The district will continue to serve these students a first quantity breakfast and/or lunch meal. Second quantity meals and ala carte purchases will be denied.
Meal Account Balances at Negative -$50.00 or more
When a student’s meal account balance is negative -$50.00 the building principal or school social worker will call the parent(s) or guardian(s). An invoice will be sent requesting payment within 30 days.
UNPAID MEAL CHARGES
The school district will make reasonable efforts to communicate and work with families to resolve the matter of unpaid meal charges. When appropriate, families will be encouraged to apply for meal benefits for their students.
Assistance from county social services may be requested by the building principal, food service director, school social worker or superintendent of schools for possible neglect when attempts to resolve the unpaid meal debt are not successful or disregarded by the parent(s) or guardian(s).
The school district will make reasonable efforts to collect unpaid meal charges classified as delinquent debt. Unpaid meal charges are designated as delinquent debt when payment is overdue, the debt is considered collectable, and efforts are being made to collect it.
Collection options for delinquent unpaid meal accounts may include, but are not limited to, use of collection agencies, claims in conciliation court, or any other legal methods permitted by law.
Click the following link to view the full policy: School Board Policy 534 - Unpaid Meal Charges
Balances remaining at the end of the school year will be rolled into the new school year. District staff at the end of the school year will transfer positive balances from one sibling to another sibling if a sibling has a negative balance.
Parent(s) or guardian(s) with graduating students will be need to to advise the school office if they want their positive senior students account balance refunded, or transferred to the districts meal donation account.
Questions regarding school meal accounts can be directed to:
218-283-2571 x 1181
or via email: