Back to School 2017

It might be summer, but here in Pickerington Schools we're already thinking about students coming back to school for fall! From supply lists to student handbooks, from school menus to easy ways to update your family's information online, we have created a "One Stop Shop" with all the information you'll need to get your kids ready for school!

Note that, in addition to the district-wide content provided here, there is also some school-specific information (such as supply lists and information about back-to-school nights) available by clicking on one of the links under the "Back-to-School Information From Your Child's School" heading below.

Pickerington Schools Back to School Information

General Information

Pretty soon, parents will be thinking about back to school, too, along with buying school supplies and getting all the necessary information they need to get their kids ready for another year of learning!

At Pickerington Schools, we are constantly working to improve our customer service and be more cost efficient. To that end, we have created an online “one-stop shop” for most of the back-to-school information parents need each year. This includes placing our student handbooks, school supply lists, transportation information, and other info online to reduce printing costs.

By providing this information to parents online in July, many families will be able to complete required information now, which will make the back-to-school rush a little less hectic for everyone come August!

We hope you find this new approach to be convenient, and that you appreciate the cost savings of moving all these materials online. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact your child’s school.

Please note: You will need the username and password for your parent account on Infinite Campus, as you should review and update that information. You may need your children’s Student ID numbers and internet access for some of the online information referenced below. (The ID number is also the number your child uses as a “lunch code.)

If you do not have internet in your home, free access is available at the Pickerington Library. Alternately, computers are available for parent use in your child’s school main office, allowing you to review and complete this information. Schools also can provide hard copies of this information upon request.

Parents' Back-to-School Checklist
  1. Review all the information on this page. Be sure to get school supply lists and other information from your child’s school by clicking on the link provided below under “School Supply Lists and Other Info From Your Child’s School.” Be sure to mark your calendar for all back-to-school nights and other events.
  2. Complete your family’s required back-to-school forms using our handy online system (NEW for 2017).
  3. Follow the district and your child’s school on social media. This is often the quickest way to be informed about what’s happening in Pickerington Schools.
  4. Read through the student handbook(s) and review them with your child/children. You will be asked to confirm you have done this when completing required back to school forms.
  5. Pay any required student fees.
  6. Review your family’s information on Infinite Campus to ensure it is correct. In particular, check your phone numbers, email addresses, and contact preferences. Because we use Infinite Campus for our parent notification system, you may miss important emails and phone calls (including notices about snow days) if your info is not current.
  7. Check your child’s bus route and consider downloading the handy “bus tracker” app to your smart phone. Parents must download the app to allow Petermann send text notifications in case of bus delays and other information.
  8. Download the 2017-18 school year calendar and be sure all major days are marked on your personal calendar. In particular, note which days will be “make up days” for snow and other calamity days.
  9. Review the information about safety and security drills, technology, and info from your school nurse. Fill out any medical forms needed for your child and return them to your child’s school at the start of the year.
  10. Get information from your child’s school, including school supply lists and back-to-school nights, by clicking on the link under “School Supply Lists and Other Info From Your Child’s School”.
  11. Review the information from our Food Services Department. Download your school menu and ensure there are funds in your child’s “My Payments Plus” account.
  12. Review the information about Free and Reduced Meals and fill out the application, if appropriate.
  13. Consider volunteering in your child’s school by downloading the application, filling it, out and forwarding it to your building principal.
  14. Review the information about the Safer Schools Hotline.
NEW! Complete Your Family's Required Forms Online

Pickerington Schools is launching an online system for all back-to-school forms starting with fall. This system should make the process of filling out forms for your children much easier, as much of the information you will be asked to complete will be imported from Infinite Campus.

Note that you will need your child’s student ID (the same as his/her lunch number) to complete this process. You should also have reviewed your child’s student handbooks, as you will be asked to confirm that you have done so as part of this process. For the launch of this system, we are only asking parents to fill out three forms online: The emergency medical forms, the family information verification form, and the handbook acknowledgement.

To start, go to the “PaySchools” website at https://pickerington.payschools.com.

If you have never created a PaySchools account, click “Registration” and follow the prompts. Be sure to create a “Parent” account, NOT “Student” account. If you already have an account, log in. If you don’t remember your password, click “Password Recovery.”

If you have just created an account (or don’t see your student listed) click on “Add Student”. You will then be asked to enter the student ID, and first and last name of  each of your children. These names must be spelled exactly as they appear in Infinite Campus.

Once all students have been entered, choose “Enter Forms” to enter or update forms. You should see your student(s) in a blue box. Click the name of your student to begin or edit a form. Click “Fill Out Forms” to enter a form for the first time. Please note: Although it should not take a long time to complete forms, periodically you should click the “Save Progress” button on the right-hand side of the screen.

If you have previously entered a form and clicked “Sign and Submit,” you will see the form listed under the “Signed Programs” section. You can click on the pencil icon to review or update your information. You can click on the download arrow to download a copy of your completed form.

Fill out each section of the form completely. You will see a green check at the top of each section when you have entered all required information. When all sections have green check marks, click on “Save and Mark Complete.” Once you have clicked on that, click on “Sign Completed Forms.” Then, enter your initials and click “Submit Forms.”

Having difficulty? You may find this tutorial helpful. If you are still having difficulty, fill out a Help Desk ticket. Please understand that, given the volume of requests for assistance we receive at the start of the school year, it may take a couple business days for us to get in touch.

Can’t remember your child’s student ID? Log into your Infinite Campus parent portal account. Need assistance with Infinite Campus? Check out the information available on our website.

 

Troubleshooting

1) Confirm that you have read and followed the directions at http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/back-to-school-2017/

2) Confirm that you are using the correct student ID and the student name exactly as it appears in Infinite Campus.

3) If that does not work, suggest log out and log back in. You also may want to try a different web browser (Chrome.)

4) Fill out the Help Desk ticket. Please understand that this is a busy time of year and that it may take a business day or so for a response.

5) If all else fails, contact PaySchools support at support@payschools.com or call them at 800-669-0792 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.

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High Schools

Junior High Schools

Middle Schools

Elementary Schools

Handbooks and Policies

All handbooks are available for review online. The district will not be printing handbooks. Parents will be asked to confirm that they have reviewed the handbooks when filling out back-to-school forms. Students in grades 5-12 will sign a similar acknowledge once school starts.

Download and review the 2017-18 Student Handbooks for Elementary and Middle Schools

Download and review the 2017-18 Student Handbooks for High School and Junior High Schools 7-12

Download the 2017-18 Pickerington Alternative School Student Handbook

Student Fees (Grades K-6)

The district assesses a fee to all students for supplies and consumable materials. These fees are typically available on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal a few weeks after the start of school. (This delay allows for students to change courses at the junior high and high school levels.)

The preferred method of payment is by logging into the Parent Portal on Infinite Campus. While schools will accept a check or cash, paying via the Parent Portal ensures there is a record of payment (and that students do not misplace a check or cash.)

Where applicable, the cost of the student planners is be included in the school fees. Families who are financially unable to pay for necessary materials should refer to board policy for fee waivers. Applications are available in the school office. Failure to pay school fees will result in school records being held until payment is received.

Please note that specific technologies and consumable resources may vary slightly by school. 

Kindergarten (Total: $19.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Consumable supplies: $12.50

First grade (Total: $17.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $7.50
  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • ­Science fee: $3.00  ­

Second grade (Total: $17.50)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $8.00
  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Science fee: $3.00

Third grade (Total: $22.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $6.50
  • Science fee: $5.00

Fourth grade (Total: $22.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Digital Learning: $5.00
  • Assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $6.50
  • Science fee: $5.00

Fifth grade (Total: $22.00)

  • Science supplies: $6.00
  • Literacy consumable: $10.00
  • Digital learning: $5.00

Sixth grade (Total: $29.00)

  • Science supplies: $6.00
  • Springboard: $17.00
  • Digital learning: $5.00

Gateway Fourth grade (Total: $20.00)

  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Science fee: $5.00
  • Story Works: $10.00

Gateway Fifth grade (Total: $21.00)

  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Science fee: $6.00
  • Story Works: $10.00

Gateway Sixth grade (Total: $16.00)

  • Digital learning: $5.00
  • Science fee: $6.00
  • STEM/Design Challenge fee: $5.00
Student Fees (Grades 7-12)

Student fees in grades seven through twelve are based on individual class schedules. Fees for courses are listed in the Program of Studies when students register for classes in the spring.

Update Your Family Information

If you already have activated a parent portal account through Infinite Campus, it is important that you confirm that the information is accurate. Log into your PARENT account and check the information for your family. (If you have previously activated an account but have forgotten your username/password, click on the “Help” button.)

If any family, household or student demographic information is incorrect, click on the Update button, enter the appropriate information and click Submit Update.

It is critical that this information is correct and that your communication preferences are selected in Infinite Campus. We use Infinite Campus for our parent notification system, and you may miss important emails and phone calls (including notices about snow days) if your info is not current.

If you do not see an “Update” button, you are in a student account. You cannot make updates from within a student account. You must be in your parent account. If you are in your parent account, your name will appear in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

Users will receive a message in their inbox once the data has been corrected.

Please note these updates may take some time to verify and approve, especially the first few weeks that the portal is available to parents.

Need more help updating your family info and making your communications preferences, or are you having problems activating your account? Check out this handy guide.

Publicizing Great Things About Your Child

The district frequently has the opportunity to celebrate accomplishments of our students, including award recipients, participants in unique classroom projects, involvement in fine arts programs, and other activities worth recognizing and promoting.

Sometimes, this recognition appears on district and school websites, in print publications, and in district-controlled social media, including Facebook and Twitter feeds. This recognition may include photos of students, as well as their names, school, grade and teacher’s name. It also may include pictures or other representations of students’ artistic work, including visual and written pieces.

We also occasionally will have members of the local media visiting our buildings to cover special events and unique approaches to education being offered by our teachers. Media access to students does not happen within our schools without district knowledge and supervision, and we do not provide direct access to students when the media is covering stories or topics that might be considered controversial or negative.

Most parents enjoy seeing their children included in the day-to-day celebration of all the great things happening in our schools. For that reason, default consent and release for this type of recognition is granted to the district and no action is required. However, we know there are a few parents who prefer that their children not be included in such photographs, online stories, and other recognition. Action is only required by parents who wish to deny this consent.

We require parents wishing to exclude their children from this type of recognition to inform us, in writing, of their desire by downloading this opt-out form, filling it out, and returning it to their child’s school. Parents are asked to do this by Sept. 1 each fall to ensure we have a current list of students whose activities should not be publicly acknowledged by the district on the website, on social media, or in other public forums.

Your Child's Bus Route

Parents seeking information about their child’s bus pick-up and drop-off may use our interactive online systemAfter clicking this link:

  • You will be asked to enter your user name and password. Both of those are your student’s ID number (the same number they use for lunch accounts.) If you don’t know your child’s student ID number you can get that information through Infinite Campus.
  • Click “Log-In.”
  • Click “Work with Students.”
  • Click “View My Students.”
  • Click a student’s name to be taken to their transportation information page. Read this page carefully as it explains the morning and afternoon transportation information for your student.

Students with the same home phone number will be grouped together on the “View My Students” page. If, for some reason, you do not see all the students in your household, try logging in again using one of your other children’s information.

If there is a change that needs to be made regarding your student’s pick-up or drop-off sites, please log in to the online system and click on the “Parent Communication” link.

Will a babysitter transport your child?

Parents who plan on using babysitters to help transport their children to and from school should fill out a “babysitter form” for Petermann Transportation at https://elink.nationalexpresscorp.com/ElinkPickeringtonOH/Login.aspx.

Use your child’s six-digit student ID for the username AND password (same number twice). Once you have logged in, select “Parent Communication” and choose “Babysitter Bus Stop Request” in the dropdown menu. Copy and paste the message text to complete the submission.

If you have any questions, please call Petermann Pickerington at 614-837-8525.

App Lets Parents Track Their Kids' Bus

How long until my child’s bus arrives to pick him up? How long until her bus gets her home from school?

A new mobile application will tell Pickerington School parents approximately where their child’s bus is in the morning and afternoon. This useful application can be downloaded by clicking this link. Parents must download the app to allow Petermann send text notifications in case of bus delays and other information.

Parents will need their children’s student ID numbers to set up the app.

Parents should not use the system to wait until the very last minute to send their children to the bus stop. Students must be at their designated stop by the scheduled bus arrival time, and waiting until the last minute can de dangerous if children are running to meet their bus.

Plus, the system operates by tracking the GPS units in each bus, so it operates on a lag that can be up to two minutes. During that time, the bus may have made progress on its route, so GPS locations are only approximate.

Parents who will likely see the greatest benefit from the application are those who live in the more rural parts of the district and parents of children with special needs.

2017-18 School Calendar

The Board of Education has approved the Calendar for the 2017-18 school year that includes expected first and last days of school, holidays, and Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks.

Safety and Security Drills

The safety and security of our students is our top priority. That’s why every Pickerington School is required by law to perform annual drills designed to ensure our students and staff are prepared in the event of emergencies.

Such drills are part of every building’s emergency plan. Plans for these drills are developed in cooperation with and assistance of local law enforcement, fire departments, and the Department of Homeland Security. The purpose of these drills is to train, and to learn from that training.

Safety and security drills

Six fire drills: We hold six drills between August and May. These drills require a complete building evacuation. One drill must be held within the first 10 days of school.

Four tornado drills: Schools hold one drill in the fall and three drills between March and May. These drills involve moving students to the more structurally secure locations within our building, away from windows.

Three lockdown drills: Each school performs three lockdown/intruder drills between the months of August and May. The first drill must occur before December. These drills may include either a building evacuation or a lockdown (sometimes known as “shelter in place.”) Local law enforcement agents are on site and participate in these drills. At the junior high school and high school levels, some of these drills are unannounced, which provides a more realistic opportunity to test our preparedness. Unannounced exercises occur toward the end of the school year, after students have gone through training during announced drills. For “unannounced” drills, teachers are notified in advance. Our experience is that some students will text parents when an unannounced drill occurs, so in 2016-17 schools will use Infinite Campus to email parents about shortly before such a drill occurs. Please ensure your contact information and preferences are current in Infinite Campus at www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/parent-portal/

Medical drills: Schools complete three drills each year to prepare for a possible medical emergency. During these drills, all available staff members report to the area where the medical need is occurring. Students are kept in their classrooms, clear of the area until the emergency is over.

Parents should not call the district or come to/call their child’s during drills or actual emergencies. This distracts district staff and law enforcement, which creates additional risks to the safety and security of our children.

If you have any questions about these drills, please contact your school.

 

School Supply Lists and Other Info From Your Child's School

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Pickerington Preschool
Tussing:
2117 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(614) 834-2661
Fax: (614) 834-2610

Violet:
8855 Education Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 834-2661
Fax: (614) 548-1510
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Fairfield ES
13000 Coventry Avenue
Pickerington, Oh 43147
(614) 834-7600
Fax: (614) 834-7610

Principal: Ruth Stickel
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Heritage ES
100 N. East Street
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 833-6385
Fax: (614) 833-6415

Principal: Chad Rice
Image of PROUD Tree at Pickerington Elementary
Pickerington ES
775 Long Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 548-1400
Fax: (614) 548-1410

Principal: Melissa Moriarty
Image of Super Sycamore
Sycamore Creek ES
500 Sycamore Creek
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 834-6200
Fax: (614) 834-6210

Principal: Nikki Arnold
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Toll Gate ES
12183 Toll Gate Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 834-6300
Fax: (614) 834-6310

Principal: Kristi Motsch
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Tussing ES
7117 Tussing Road
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
(614) 834-2600
Fax: (614) 834-2610

Principal: Matthew Dansby
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Violet ES
8855 Education Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 548-1500
Fax: (614) 548-1510

Principal: Dee Copas
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Diley MS
750 Preston Trails Drive
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 830-2900
Fax: (614) 830-2910

Principal: Heather Hedgepeth
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Harmon MS
12410 Harmon Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 835-2000
Fax: (614) 835-2010

Principal: Jared Moore
Student pictures from Pillars of Character
Toll Gate MS
12089 Toll Gate Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 834-6400
Fax: (614) 834-6410

Principal: Kara Jackson
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Lakeview Junior High School
12445 Ault Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 830-2200
Fax: (614) 834-3267

Principal: Pamela Bertke
Ridgeview STEM Junior High logo
Ridgeview STEM Junior High School
130 Hill Road South
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 548-1700
Fax: (614) 548-1710

Principal: Eric Koch
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Pickerington High School Central
300 Opportunity Way
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 548-1800
Fax: (614) 548-1810

Principal: Stacy Tennenbaum
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Pickerington High School North
7800 Refugee Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 830-2700
Fax: (614) 833-3660

Principal: Mark Ulbrich
Link to Pickerington Alternative School's Information
Pickerington Alternative
7800 Refugee Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
(614) 830-2797
Fax: (614) 833-2143

Information From Your School Nurse

Medical Forms

In addition to the emergency medical form, there are several other important medical forms that can be downloaded from the district website:

Please fill out all information forms carefully and completely. Please provide cell phone numbers, additional contact names, and phone numbers on a separate sheet of paper if needed. Please provide all appropriate health information pertaining to your child. Information will be shared with staff members in order to safely care for your child. Be sure to include information such as diabetes, asthma, seizures, severe allergies, as well as any medication information.

Medications (Prescription and Nonprescription)

In the event your child needs to take prescription medication while at school, please be sure to have the Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel form or completed by the child’s physician and parents. Forms are available in the school office and on the website.

Nonprescription medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and cough drops may be administered to students if the parent/guardian sends in the medication (in original container) along with written permission for the medication to be given. Dosages cannot exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight. (i.e., We cannot administer medication to children under 12 if the label says: “Do not administer to children under 12, except under the direction of a physician.” We need to have a note from the doctor in order to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.) All medications, prescription and non-prescription, must be sent in the original container.

Immunizations

State law and district policy require written proof of every student’s immunization status. Any student who does not meet the minimum state-required immunizations or exemptions within the first 14 days of school attendance may be excluded.

Franklin County Health Department offers several immunization clinics this August. Fairfield County clinics can be found on the district website.

All immunization requirements can be found on the Health Services page here

Health Concerns

Be sure to contact the school nurse and your child’s teacher to discuss any health concerns your child has, including severe allergies, seizures, diabetes, asthma and any current medications. During the school year, please be sure to update the school nurse and your child’s teacher(s) of any new medical conditions your child is diagnosed with or any new medications your child is taking. This would include changes to a current medical condition or medication dosage as well.

Illness and Injury

Any student with a temperature of 100° or higher, vomiting, diarrhea, or signs and symptoms of a possible communicable disease will be sent home. Please keep students home until they remain fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of medication and free of vomiting or diarrhea symptoms for 24 hours prior to returning to school. All children with suspicious rashes must be excluded from school until the rash has been determined non contagious by a doctor.

Students who appear to need stitches, x-rays, or extended observation for an illness or injury will be sent home for possible medical evaluation. If your child appears to have a life-threatening or serious illness or injury, the emergency squad will be called. Every effort will be made to notify you of this necessity, so please be sure all phone numbers and health care information on the emergency form are kept current.

In the event the school is unable to reach a parent/legal guardian when a student is ill or injured, the clinic will contact those persons so designated by the parent/legal guardian on the student’s emergency medical form. Only those designated individuals on the form will be permitted to pick up or release the student from school. Also, if parents will be out of town for an extended stay, they need to provide the school, in writing, with the name(s) and phone numbers of those individuals responsible for the student’s care in their absence.

Health Screenings

State mandated health screenings (such as vision and hearing) will be completed during the school year. Please contact the school nurse if you have any concerns regarding your child and the screening process.

Nurse’s Schedule

Please note that there will not be a nurse in the school building every day; however, a school nurse can always be reached by phone in case of emergency.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school nurse. A list of school nurses is available on our website.

Questions?

Please contact Sharon Schmitz, MSN, RN, LSN, School Health Supervisor by phone (614) 835-2017 or email Sharon_schmitz@plsd.us for questions or assistance in reaching your school nurse.

Food Services

Food Services Website (including menus)

Information about Food Services, including menus and links to applications for free and reduced-price meals, can be found on the department’s website.

Set Up Your My Payments Plus Account and Place Funds in Your Account

Please note that the My Payments Plus system will not be activated until approximately August 5, 2017.

If you don’t have an account yet

We ask that you take a moment and create a free account at www.MyPaymentsPlus.com. Obtaining a free parent account will give you 24/7 access to information such as the balance in your student’s school meal account and record of what they have purchased in the cafeteria.

Place money on your “MYPaymentsPlus” account

Go online or call 1-866-711-7341. For a $2 fee, through MyPaymentsPlus, you are able to deposit funds directly into your student’s cafeteria account. Deposits can take place both on the MyPaymentsPlus website and via the mobile app. You may also add money to your student’s account on the phone by calling 866-711-7341.

If you prefer auto-payments, you have that ability as well. The system will even allow you to set the parameters for when you would like an auto-payment to take place.

Parent help line

The MyPaymentsPlus Support Team can be reached Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EST at (877) 237-0946 or via email at: support@mypaymentsplus.com if you require assistance.

We also accept checks for meal payments

Pickerington Schools also accepts checks for payment of meals. Make checks payable to Pickerington Food Service Department. Please include child’s name and ID# on the check.

For more information, visit the Food Services web pages.

About My Payments Plus

Pickerington Schools uses the online payment system My Payments Plus as a safe, secure and convenient way to allow parents to pay for their children’s meals. With a My Payments Plus account, you can take advantage of other free benefits of the site, such as low-balance e-mail notifications and even the ability to download the free MyPaymentsPlus mobile app, which is available for all iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android devices. The mobile app will also allow for you to set up push notifications regarding your student’s balance.

Through the system, parents can check their children’s cafeteria balances and purchase histories, make prepayments for breakfast and lunch with auto-pay capability, and receive email reminders if account balances get low.

We highly encourage you to at least set up an account so you can be included in any direct messaging from our nutrition department.

Thank you for partnering with us in an effort to make managing your student’s account easy and the fall transition a smooth one.

Helpful Tips for My Payments Plus Student Meal Account

Setting up low-balance email notifications and auto payments online

Step one: Log-in to your account at: www.MyPaymentsPlus.com

Step two: Each of the customized settings have a button pertaining to that setting. Those buttons are “Low Balance Notifications,” “Auto Pay,” “Online Payment History,” and “Purchase History.”

Step three: By clicking either the “Low-Balance Notifications” button or the “Auto-Pay button,” you will then enter the dollar amount that you want to outline as the “lowest amount” your student’s account will hit before a low-balance e-mail notification or auto-payment is processed.

Step four: Be sure to click “Save Changes” when you are finished.

Forgot your password?

Click “Forgot username or password?” and enter your email address in the location provided for a link to be sent to that email. (Please note: you must use the email you registered with).

Need help?

The MyPaymentsPlus Support Team can be reached Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. EST at (877) 237-0946 or via email at: support@mypaymentsplus.com if you require assistance.

Free and Reduced Meals Information

The goal of Pickerington Schools Food Service is to improve the health and education of our students and staff by providing nutritionally well-balanced meals. Menus are available in all school offices and cafeterias. Reduced-price lunch is 40 cents. Breakfast is served at Central, Lakeview, Ridgeview, Diley, Harmon, Toll Gate Middle, Fairfield, Heritage, Pickerington, Tussing and Violet. Reduced-price breakfast is 30 cents.

Free/reduced-price meals: Your children may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. If you wish to apply for meal benefits, please read the instructions below and complete the application. Fill out the application online or download, print, and complete the application on the link belowUse one application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete.

Do not fill out an application if you received a letter about direct certification for free meals. Contact the school if any of your children are not listed on the certification letter.

Children receiving SNAP (formerly food stamps) or OWF are eligible for free meal benefits. If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts shown on the income chart, your child may receive free or reduced-price meals. A foster child is eligible to receive free meals regardless of your household income. If you receive WIC your child may be eligible for meal benefits. Please fill out an application. Homeless, runaway, and migrant children receive free meals. Please call the school or your homeless or migrant coordinator to see if your child(ren) qualify. You may apply even if you or your child(ren) are not a U.S. citizen.

When filling out an application you must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends.) You must include yourself and all children who live with you. You must include income from everyone living in the household, related or not. Call 866-711-7341 to check to see if your child’s application is approved. We will notify you in writing only if your application is denied.

Verification: School officials may ask you at any time during the school year to provide proof of eligibility.

Fair Hearing: Contact Pickerington Food Services if you do not agree with the decision on your application or the results of verification. If you are not satisfied after speaking to Food Service, you may ask for a fair hearing by writing Vince Utterback, Business Manager, Pickerington Schools, 90 East St., Pickerington, OH 43147, or by calling 614-833-2110.

If you have other questions or heed help, call:614-833-3645.

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Reapplication: You may apply for meal benefits any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in household income, become unemployed, have an increase in household size, or receive SNAP (formerly food stamps) or OWF for your child, you may reapply.

Confidentiality: Food Service will provide information about your child’s eligibility to other school officials. This information is used to determine if your child is eligible for a waiver of school instructional fees. On the application, please check the box “yes” if you want this information shared. Check “no” if you do not want this information shared. Please sign the waiver choice. Answering the question either way will not change whether your child will get meal benefits.

Last year’s eligibility: Children who were approved last year must have a new application approved this year to continue receiving meal benefits. New applications must be received in the Food Service office no later than September 27, 2017, or your child will be dropped from the program.

Special dietary needs: All meals served in our cafeterias meet meal pattern requirements and national dietary guidelines; however, if a child has a disability that prevents eating regular school meals, we will make doctor prescribed substitutions at no extra charge. If you believe your child has special dietary needs due to a disability, you may contact Food Service Supervisor Judy Riley at 614-833-3645.

Online applications: Online applications are now available. You may apply and submit your application for meal benefits after August 4, 2017, at this link.

Additional help: Contact your local assistance office or call 877-852-0010 to find out about additional programs that are available.

Non-discrimination statement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, martial 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 www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call 866-632-9992 to request a form. You may also write a letter. Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or fax to 202-690-7442 or email 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.

Free Health Care: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm. Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

Free and Reduced Meals Application

OneSource Online Instant Processor application entry makes it easy and convenient for parents to apply for meal benefits for their children.  Simply enter the requested information as accurately as possible, and all data will be instantly and securely sent to Pickerington Schools for processing.

You can assess the electronic application here, or you can download the application and fill it out today. Return the application to your school office or mail to Food Services Office, 90 East Street, Pickerington, OH 43147. Applications also are available from each school.

You may check the status of your student’s application at 1.866.711.7341. You will need your student’s ID number.

Applications in Other Languages

Applications for free and reduced price meals are available in many languages on the USDA’s website.

H.O.P.E. Packs Program

Each week the H.O.P.E. Packs Program offers a weekend bag of food for children who meet the requirements. If your child in the past has received a H.O.P.E. Pack, have been eligible for free or reduced lunch, or your household income is low, complete the attached application to receive the weekly bags throughout the school year.

Before going home each Friday, your child will pick up a bag of food from his or her school’s office. The food is intended to be kid-friendly, easy to prepare, and supply supplemental food over the weekend. The bags are not to be opened until your child gets home.

To sign up for this free program, complete the application at the above link and return it to your child’s school. All personal information will be strictly confidential. Eligible students will not be able to receive their food until the attached form has been completed and returned.

We're Looking for a Few Great Substitute Employees

Apply to Work for Pickerington Schools

Pickerington Schools is currently seeking support position substitute employees to work in our schools.

Positions are available for the 2016-17 school year in positions that include duty aides, secretaries, office assistants, paraprofessionals, library/media aides, kindergarten aides, health care assistants, and food service.

Interested? Start by filling out the district’s online application through Applitrak. (Click on the “Start an application for employment” link.) Once completed, contact our Human Resources Department at 614.834.2162.

Of course, we’re always looking for qualified substitute teachers, too!

Volunteering in Our School

General Information and Link to Application

We are always interested in having parents and other community members volunteer in our schools for a variety of tasks, in and out of the classroom!

Individuals interested in volunteering in our schools must fill out an application and submit it to a building principal.

Safer Schools Hotline

Helping to Make Our Schools Safer

The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety have launched the SaferOH tip line that will accept both calls and texts 24 hours a day.

This tip line allows students and adults to anonymously share information with school officials and law enforcement about threats to student safety—whether that involves a threatened mass incident or harm to a single student.

Every tip can remain anonymous. School safety analysts may ask for additional information, but the caller can remain secret or leave his or her contact information for later follow-up.

Calls or texts to 844-SaferOH (844-723-3764) are answered by analysts in the Ohio Homeland Security’s Threat Assessment and Prevention (TAP) Unit.  When action is needed, the TAP Unit immediately forwards information to local school officials, local law enforcement agencies and others, if necessary.

For more information, visit the ODE website.