Cashless Catering

Benefits the trust-e cashless system brings to the school.

1. The money you allow your son/daughter to have is used for meals.

2. A spending limit can be put onto your son/daughter's account to ensure that they only spend up to a set amount each day. (The daily spend includes break time snacks).

3. It provides a considerably quicker service and reduces queues - all students are pleased about this!

4. If you are entitled to free school meals no one is aware of this and a daily amount is credited to your son/daughter's account each day for lunch.

Will students have problems in using this system?

Some students may find it difficult to control their accounts for the first couple of weeks, but because of a daily spending limit, most learn this important life skill very quickly and will enjoy being in control of their account.

Will we be able to have any information on how the system is being used?

Reports can be obtained from the system giving comprehensive information on all aspects of use for each individual student as well as each day's service. These reports can be for a specific day or between any dates you wish, they will be dated and timed to the minute, and can be obtained from the Catering Department. They will show:

a) every item of food served and the total cost of each serving.

b) individual payments made direct to the school by cheque, cash or via WisePay.

c) each payment made by cash at the revaluation station by the student and, if required, even

the number of individual coins and the denomination.

d) total overview of all of the above.

 

SOME POPULAR QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

 

Q. How do I credit the account?

A. This can be done in 3 ways:

By Cheque: this eliminates the need for pupils to carry any cash. Cheques should be made payable to Parmiter's School with the student's name and form on the back of the cheque.

By Cash: into the revaluation machines on site. These take £5, £10 and £20 notes, £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p coins - no copper is accepted.

Internet: By use of the online WisePay system. User id's and passwords will be given to parents via students.

There is no minimum or maximum amount that has to be credited to the account before it can be used. (However, the account must be in credit to purchase food)

Q. When can I use the revaluation machine?

A. Before morning registration, at morning break and at lunchtime.

Q. How do I check if I have credit on my account?

A. Use the revaluation machine and this will tell you the balance on your account.

Q. I am entitled to a free meal, how does it work?

A. The allowance is credited to you each lunch time to allow you to purchase your meal. (This allowance, if not used, will not carry over to the next day).

Q. What happens if I forget my money to credit my account?

A. You will need to see a member of staff in the Finance Office to authorise and cover the cost of a meal - this MUST be paid back in full the next day.

If you require any further information please contact the Finance Office on 01923 894710.

www.becta.org.uk (search for biometric in the search box) or www.thegrid.org.uk/info/dataprotection/biometrics.shtml

 

Successfully Implementing Biometrics

We follow the advice given by Becta to ensure that the solution that we provide meets the needs of the school, parents and students. Becta, the Government's schools ICT agency, sets out clear guidelines on how the Data Protection Act 1998 applies to the use of Biometric data in schools

Biometric systems currently used in schools are based on fingerprint recognition technology.

The system works by taking measurements of the fingerprint, but they do not capture a complete image.

This means that the original fingerprint cannot be reconstructed from the data.

Schools cannot use biometric information for any reason other than for the express purpose for which it was collected.

Certain data will be held on the system to enable accurate operation. This will include your child's name, tutor group, photo, account balance and meal entitlement. This data will be handled under the guidelines of the Data Protection Act and only used by parties directly involved with the implementation of the system.

Further information and guidance on the use of biometrics can be found at

www.becta.org.uk (search for biometric in the search box) or www.thegrid.org.uk/info/dataprotection/biometrics.shtml

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