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DOE Launching New School Lunch Payment System

Department of Education

A new payment system for public school lunches is being unveiled next week.

Starting Monday, the state Department of Education will launch theEZSchoolPay system.

It will allow parents and guardians of public school students to conveniently manage, monitor and securely pay for their child’s meal account online and through a mobile app.

Parents and guardians can also set recurring automatic payments, monitor student meal transactions, and receive automated alert notifications when the account balance drops below a certain amount.

The DOE says all 256 schools have transitioned to the new cloud-based system – and it will be operational on Monday.

Dann Carlson is an Assistant Superintendent with the Department of Education's Office of School Facilities and Support Services.

Carlson says a letter from the department will be sent next week to parents regarding the new system and the next steps.

DOE officials say remaining balances on the old School Café system were transferred over to the new system. That is unless a parent or guardian zeroed out the child’s account by asking for a refund prior to the transition.

Parents will still have the option of paying with cash or check at their child’s school at no charge and can use the EZShoolPay to check their balance.

More information can be found here.

Casey Harlow was an HPR reporter and occasionally filled in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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