MealTime/Student Account Information
Your Student's Account
The Litchfield School Lunch Program will be accepting payments using the computerized meal payment plan for our students called the Point of Sales System (POS). Each student will have a prepaid debit account set up in his/her name that they can deposit funds into in order to purchase meals. Students can deposit cash or check. Funds will be automatically deducted as cafeteria purchases are made.
ELEMENTARY: Deposits made at the elementary school should be placed in a sealed envelope, clearly marked with the student's full name and teacher's name. These payments should be turned in to the child's teacher and will be forwarded to the kitchen office in the morning where they will be processed and entered into the students' computerized accounts.
At the elementary school, the cashier will identify the students by a personal bar-coded card that is scanned.
MIDDLE/HIGH: Deposits at the middle school or high school can be accepted at the cashier station(s) during lunch and breakfast (high school).
At the middle school and high school, each student will be assigned a 5-digit personal identification number (PIN) that they will be required to memorize. They will enter this number into a keypad at the cashier station at lunch to keep an accurate account of their transactions.
Online Payment/Viewing Accounts Online
The Litchfield School Lunch Program provides the opportunity for parents to make secure debit or credit online payments and/or view their students' meal transactions. The Mealtime Online payment website, www.mymealtime.com, uses the most up to date security available in the banking industry. All data transmitted is encrypted and authenticated every time the website is used. For each deposit parents make they will receive a receipt to print out and an email to verify the deposit. Credit and debit card payments will be charged a 4.9% transaction fee to be paid by the cardholder. The payment will be reflected on the student's account one day after payment is made. Parents interested in this option are required to register for this service by sending us the following information:
- Parent's name
- Student's name and grade level
A parent may email this information to Ann Inamorati. Once we receive this information we will email you with instructions and a unique passcode for each child. The parent will use the passcodes to create an online account on the "Mealtime" website.
Negative and Low Account Balances
At the elementary school, notices are sent home with students who have negative balances on their accounts. Notification will also be sent home weekly to inform parents of students with low balances of $6.50 or less as a reminder that their accounts need to be replenished. A regular lunch will be given to any student with a negative balance, unless the amount owed exceeds $5.00, at which time the student will be given an alternate sandwich lunch until the balance is paid. No ice cream or a la carte foods are allowed on accounts with negative balances.
At the middle and high school, up to one regular lunch can be charged to the student's account and must be paid the next day. An alternate lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwich, milk, fruit, and vegetable at the regular cost is provided. No snacks are allowed to be charged on accounts with negative balances.
End of Year Balances
Students keep the same account and PIN as long as they are enrolled in the school district. All balances are carried over to the next year. The school office will notify the kitchen office of any student leaving the school so that any balances still in the account can be returned to the student and any money owed can be collected. Seniors with money on their account at the end of the year can ask the cashiers for their refunds.