August 22, 2016
Dear Parents and Students,
The Ayer Shirley Regional School District’s Food Service Department recently purchased a new computerized Point of Sale (POS) system. We are currently preparing to implement this new system in our district with a launch date of Tuesday, August 30th, the first day of school.
Students will use their current Student ID (pin) number that stays with the student until he\she graduates. For the first few days after the start our lunch line may be slower, but as the students familiarize themselves with the system, the lines should move much quicker than before. Breakfast service will be will be included and processed on this system as well.
Every student in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District has been entered into the computerized system and has an account. We strongly recommend parents/guardians to send in a check (to: Ayer Shirley Regional School District) or bring cash to their school so that it can be added to their student’s account before school starts on the 30th. This will greatly increase the speed of the lunch lines the first week. The system is quite flexible and students can still pay in cash, but they will still need to enter their ID number on the keypad. Deposits must be placed in an envelope accompanied by the student’s name and ID number. (Please do not write this number on the outside of the envelope.) Keep your ID number confidential! If there is more than one student in a family in either school, one student may make deposits to their sibling’s accounts (one check can be divided) as long as you give us the ID numbers of each student and tell us the amounts to deposit to each account.
Check prepayments are accepted and encouraged; simply place your child(s) ID number(s) on the check.
This money will be deposited into their meal accounts. At Breakfast/Lunch they will simply pick up their meal, punch in their ID number on the keypad, and the money will be subtracted from their account.
If your child has qualified for free or reduced meal prices, this information is noted in the system, and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students without any special indication to the students. Please remember to send in the application as soon as possible if you think you may qualify for the coming school year.
Question: What will stop the student from purchasing more than the parent allows?
Answer: If this is a problem with your child, simply notify us in writing with your limitations, and we will enter it into the system.
If a student’s meal account gets low, our staff will remind them. If the student forgets his or her money, it will allow a negative balance but as this system becomes more familiar to parents and students will be working to end this practice.
Money in the student’s meal account at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.
If your child has a special “food” medical concern, once we are notified of it, this information will also be placed in the system to alert our staff to help monitor their meals.
There will be some inconveniences in the first few days as the students and staff members become familiar with the new system. If you have any questions please call Susan Parker, ASRSD Food Service Coordinator at 978-772-8600 X1167.
PIN (student ID) numbers will be sent to parents via email and mailed directly to homes within the next 2 days.
Food Service Coordinator
Ayer Shirley Regional School District