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ratio of devices to students in each class K-4 beginning in 2018

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What is a Student ID Number?

Upon enrollment, students are assigned an ID number. Your child’s ID number will remain the same as long as they are within the Ellensburg School District.

How Do I Make a Deposit?

Cash or Check deposits can be made in person to the lunchroom cashier or you may leave it with the school secretary if the cashier is not available.

Can I Make Deposits Online?

Ellensburg School District has chosen MealTime Online to provide the opportunity for you to make credit/debit card deposits into your student's cafeteria account or view your student's purchase history online.

To Use MealTime Online: Visit child-nutrition.ellensburg.schoolfusion.us

Find the link to online payments which will take you to MealTime Online. Or go directly to: www.mymealtime.com

  • Step 1: Create a MealTime Online profile. Click on the "Create new profile" link and create a Username and Password that you will use to login to MealTime Online.

The Username and Password must be at least 6 characters. For example, Username: jsmith Password: pty845

  • Step 2: Add your student. Login to your MealTime Online account (using the Username and Password that you created in Step 1). Click on “Meal Account Deposits” then click the "Add New Student" link and add your student by entering their First Name only and their Student ID number with the leading zero. Repeat to add more students.
  • Step 3: Make a Deposit. Click the "Make Deposit" link to make a deposit into a school account. Click the "View Details" link next to your student's name to view their cafeteria account balance and purchase history. There is a $25 minimum deposit and a small transaction/convenience fee for making deposits online. A deposit can be divided between multiple accounts.

Note: Online deposits are retrieved and added to your student’s balance at their school every 5 minutes. Student information, such as purchase history and their current cafeteria account balance are updated on the web site every 4 hours.

How Can Students Check Their Account Balance?

How to track student’s meal account:

Online: Mealtime online (www.mymealtime.com)- You can track your students account via the online service as well as set-up low balance notifications to remind you to add funds to your students account.

In Person: Please feel free to check with your school’s cafeteria cashier. They will be happy to assist you.

Notifications via email: Please make sure your email address is updated with your child’s school. Our Elementary School Cashier will send out low balance and negative account balance notifications on a weekly basis. (please note email notifications do not include funds borrowed from parent group accounts.)

Contact the Food Service Department Office: Please feel free to reach out to our main office by phone (509-925-8217) or email Patrick.garmong@esd401.org

We can provide up to date account information as well as assist you in registering with Mealtime online.

Can a Parent Check Account Balances?

Yes. It is the student’s/family’s responsibility to maintain a positive account balance. The lunchroom cashier can give you your child’s balance or you may also contact the Child Nutrition Office at 925-8217.

How can I setup a low account balance notification?

The following information details how you can set up the MealTime Pay Online low balance
notification feature.


1. Go to www.mymealtime.com and sign in.

2. Click the Meal Account Deposits icon.

3. Click Update your email settings on the profile page.

4. Verify that your email address is correct and then check Low Balance Notification.

5. Type in the amount you want to use. When the balance falls below this amount, you will
be sent an email. You will only be notified by email once.

Note! You can enter amounts from 0 to 99.99.

Once you have set up the email notification, you will no longer see the announcement on
the Payments page. To change your low balance notification settings, click Profile at the
top of the page.

What Happens When a Child is Short Money? (Elementary Schools Only)

Elementary School Student Accounts:

Meal accounts need to be kept current to ensure your student is able to obtain a meal. There are several ways to keep track of your student’s account (please see below).

Understanding that an occasional mishap may occur, students are allowed to charge a Maximum of two (2)meals to their account. Accounts that exceed the maximum number of borrows will be referred to the parent group fund, a limited fund to assist with emergency purchases of meals. The parent group is a limited resource and may not always be available if being regularly utilized by households.


What are Free or Reduced Meals?

The Ellensburg School District participates in the National School Breakfast & Lunch Program.

  • You may apply for Free/Reduced meals at any time during the school year.
  • Applications are available in your school office, the Child Nutrition office or the lunchroom cashier.

How do I request an account refund?

Refunds are available upon request or when students withdraw from the district. The parent must initiate the request for a refund by contacting you school lunchroom cashier or calling the Child Nutrition office (925-8217). Upon your request, a check will be issued at the next available check issuing period (30-60 days).

What Happens to left over balances in accounts?

Account balances carryover to the next school year. If your student changes schools within the Ellensburg School District, their money and free/reduced status will follow them there.

What is considered a disability (for the purposes of meals)?

Any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities.

The term "physical or mental impairment" includes many diseases and

conditions, a few of which may be:

  • orthopedic, visual, speech, and hearing impairments;
  • cerebral palsy;
  • epilepsy;
  • muscular dystrophy;
  • multiple sclerosis;
  • cancer;
  • heart disease;
  • metabolic diseases, such as diabetes or phenylketonuria (PKU);
  • food anaphylaxis (severe food allergy);
  • mental retardation;
  • emotional illness;
  • drug addiction and alcoholism;
  • specific learning disabilities;
  • HIV disease

My child has a food allergy/intolerance which is not severe. Is the school required to prepare my student a special meal?

No. Children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as it is defined by the Federal Government. The school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them.

However, when a licensed medical authority assesses that food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child's condition would meet the definition of "disability," and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.

My child is lactose intolerant. Can they be offered an alternative beverage in place of cow’s milk?

Only if your student participates in school breakfast and lunch regularly. Darigold Lactose-Free Milk can be used in place of cow’s milk. You will need to meet with the school nurse and complete a Special Dietary Needs Request Form. This process may take some time.

Note: Students only need to take 3 of 5 items offered at lunch. They have the option to not choose milk and still receive a meal. Free water is available at all schools during meal times.

Resources

Eat Smart from Washington Dairy Council

Resources, Materials and More on Washington State Dairy Products brought to you by the Washington State Dairy Council.

FISH Community Food Bank

Local food bank right here in Ellensburg.

Let's Move Campaign

Lots of information about what the US government is doing to promote healthier eating in schools and at home.

My Plate: A Yummy Curriculum (for teachers)

Ideas, Handouts, Worksheets, Activities, Etc...for incorporating nutrition education into the classroom.

The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Resources and Support for Parents and Staff with students who have food allergies and/or intolerances.

Tray Talk: Communities for Healthy School Meals

Information for parents on school meal programs in the United States. Brought to you by the School Nutrition Association.

USDA Food Safety Information

Up-to-Date Food Safety Information and Guidance brought to you by the USDA Food & Nutrition Service.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.htm... or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.htm... or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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