Back to School 2018: A Step-by-Step Guide

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

School-specific information (such as supply lists and information about back-to-school nights) is available by clicking on one of the links under the "Get School Supply Lists and Other Info From Your Child's School" heading below.

Pickerington Schools Back to School Information

General Information

At Pickerington Schools, we are constantly working to improve our customer service and be more cost efficient. To that end, we have created this 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, as well as providing an online system to allow parents to easily fill out all those back-to-school forms.

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

What Info Do You Need In Hand Before Starting?

For some of the steps below, parents will need

You also will need internet access for some of the online information referenced below. If you do not have internet in your home, free access is available at the Pickerington Public Library. Computers also are available for parent use during business hours in each school’s main office and at District Office, allowing you to review and complete this information online during school hours.

Teacher/Team Assignments and JH/HS Schedules

Elementary and middle school teacher/team assignments will be mailed to parents around July 27.

At the junior high and high school levels, schedules are provided at schedule pick-up day. (Check the back-to-school page for your child’s school below for dates and times.)

Please remember that all back-to-school forms for students K-12 MUST be completed using our online OneView Forms system. Junior high and high school schedules will not be released until these forms are completed.

Preschool students will receive a separate mailed packet for information and forms soon.

Step One: Complete Your Family's Required Forms Online

Custodial parents of students in kindergarten through grade 12 must fill out all back-to-school forms using the district’s OneView Forms System. Preschool parents receive a separate mailed packet of forms. This is a separate system from Infinite Campus. Parents must create a new account in OneView Forms using the instructions below.

This system simplifies the process of filling out forms for your children because much of the information you will be asked to complete will be automatically imported from Infinite Campus. Additional information you provide will be saved in the system for next school year.

Parents will need their children’s Student IDs (the same as their lunch number) to complete this process. (Find info about Infinite Campus, including an Infinite Campus Help Desk ticket if you have difficulty accessing the system.) You also should have reviewed your child’s student handbooks, as you will be asked to confirm that you have done so as part of this process.

Step OneGo to the Pickerington Schools OneView Forms website. (A link also is available from the parent portal in Infinite Campus.)

Step Two: Create a parent account by clicking on the “Create a New Account” button on the left-hand side of the page. If you already have a OneView Forms account, log in.

If you have difficulty with these forms, please complete the OneView Forms Help Desk Ticket. Note that, due to large numbers of requests for assistance, it may take a few days for a response, so we ask for and appreciate your patience.

Login screen from OneView system

Step Three: When you are first creating an account, you will be directed to fill out a form like the one shown below. We recommend completing all fields, although only the fields in bold are required. Provide an email address you use regularly. We recommend using your email address as your parent Login ID; however, it may be anything of your choosing.

Initial form to create OneView account

The PIN Code field is where you create a 4-digit code. It is important to remember that PIN in case you need to verify your account when calling in for support.

After you have completed all required fields, click the green “Register & Begin” button at the bottom. You will receive an email notification from plsd@esvmail.com confirming you have successfully created an account. If you do not receive that email, check your spam folder and whitelist the plsd@esvmail.com email address.

Step Four: Next, you must link your children to your account. You will need your children’s Student ID numbers and the exact spelling of their last names, exactly as they appear in Infinite Campus. By default, a student can only be linked to a single OneView Forms account, so families should decide which parent will complete and update these forms. Parents who both wish to review the information in their students’ forms should contact the main office at their child’s school.

From the dashboard homepage, click on “Manage My Students” on the right-hand side.

OneView page to manage students

 

Step Five: A form that looks like the one below will open.

Dashboard to manage students in OneView

Type in your student’s last name (exactly as it appears in Infinite Campus), grade level, date of birth, and Student ID number. If a valid match is found, your student will be linked and his/her name will appear under “My Students” on the left-hand side of the page. (Three students have already been added in the example above.) If no match is found, ensure that the name is spelled exactly as it appears in Infinite Campus, the Student ID is correct, and that the other information is accurate for the coming school year.

Follow the steps above for each of your students. After you have linked all of your students to your account, you’re ready to fill out your forms.

Step Six: After you have added all your students to your account, click on the purple “View Online Forms” button. It will take you to the Student Dashboard Homepage (like the one below).

If you have more than one student, you’ll need to choose which student’s forms you are completing first. Select a student by clicking the yellowish button under the blue header that says “Student Accounts.”

select students in OneView

Step Seven: Under the blue headline that says “2018-19 Back to School Forms” you’ll see a link called “Emergency Medical Form.” Click that and you’ll be taken to an online form.

form link location

Step Eight: Fill in the entire form. You do not need to fill in the “Homeroom” field if it’s not already completed; in many cases, this is not determined until close to the start of school.

You can save your work at any time in the process using the purple “Save and Submit to District” button at the top. You can return to the form at any time to make revisions.

You will notice that some of the information on this form is already filled in for you. That information was automatically filled in based on information in your student’s Infinite Campus account. If the information is not correct, you can ask that it be corrected in the OneView Forms system. Alternately, you can update your information directly in Infinite Campus.

You will be asked to fill in additional information, including basic student and family demographic information, emergency medical authorization, and emergency contacts. You also will be asked to confirm that you have reviewed the student handbooks and field trip authorizations. You will be asked to review and sign off on district technology use forms and other information.

Step Nine: When you have completed the entire form, provide your digital “signature” and click on “Save and Submit to District.” If you have not filled out the form completely, when you attempt to submit the required fields the OneView Forms system will prevent submission and point out required fields. The fields will be indicated by red text and highlighted.

Step Ten: Repeat this process for all other students.

Step 11: If you have difficulty completing these forms, complete this online OneView Forms Help Desk Ticket. Again, due to the large number of requests, it may take a couple days for a response. We appreciate your patience.

Step Three: Review 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 acknowledgment once school starts.

Step Four: Follow Us On Social Media

Be sure to follow the District and your children’s schools on your own Facebook and Twitter accounts. This is often the quickest way to be informed about what’s happening in Pickerington Schools.

District

High Schools

Junior High Schools

Middle Schools

Elementary Schools

Step Five: Pay Student Fees

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 student planners is included in school fees. Families who are financially unable to pay for necessary materials should refer to Board Policy 6152.01 regarding 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
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Consumable supplies: $12.50

First grade (Total: $17.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $7.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • ­STEM learning: $3.00  ­

Second grade (Total: $17.50)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Language arts consumable: $8.00
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • ­STEM learning: $3.00

Third grade (Total: $22.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Data/assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $6.50
  • ­STEM learning: $5.00

Fourth grade (Total: $22.00)

  • Communication folder: $1.50
  • Online learning: $5.00
  • Data/assignment notebook: $4.00
  • Language arts consumable: $6.50
  • ­STEM learning: $5.00

Fifth grade (Total: $21.00)

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

Sixth grade (Total: $28.00)

  • 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

Grades 7-12

Student fees in grades seven through twelve are based on individual class schedules. Fees for courses were listed in the Program of Studies when students register for classes in the spring. The Program of Studies can be found on the high school and junior high school websites under “Academics” and then “Courses and Class Registration.”

Step Six: Confirm and Update Family Information on Infinite Campus

All parents with students in Grades K-12 should confirm their contact information on Infinite Campus, including their preferred email addresses and phone numbers, before the start of each school year.

Updates can be performed only in parent accounts. This must be done on a web browser, not the Infinite Campus mobile application. (If you have never activated a Parent Portal Account, follow the steps under “Activating a Parent Portal Account.”)

To confirm and update your information, log in to your parent account through a web browser (not the Infinite Campus mobile app.)

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

After submitting your update, you will receive a message in your Infinite Campus inbox after the data has been corrected. Please note that these updates may take several days to verify and approve, so we encourage you to begin this process immediately.

The three primary sections parents should check are “Household Information,” “Family Members” and “Contact Preferences.”

Contact preferences indicate how you want to be contacted (email, cell phone, text) for specific kinds of messages (attendance, emergency messages, general messages.) If you do not want to receive messages on a particular device/email, deselect that device. Note that if certain preferences are not selected, you may not receive messages. If multiple phone numbers and email addresses are selected, you may receive the same message on multiple devices/accounts.

Step Seven: Your Child's One-to-One Device

Pickerington Schools is proud to say we are the largest school district in Ohio to go completely one-to-one.

That means that each student will be loaned a device (iPad or Chromebook) that will be theirs for the school year. Students in grade 5-12 will be able to take the device home with them from the start of the school year until the last couple weeks of the school year. With going one-to-one, there are a few procedures that parents need to be aware of.

Online forms

All online OneView forms must be completed before devices can be handed out. Information can be found above in Step One.

Distribution times of devices
Please complete all forms online through OneView before coming to pick up your device.

New Pickerington Schools students

If you are new to Pickerington Schools, your student’s device will be issued during the first three days of school

Grades K-4

All elementary school students will be issued a device that will remain in the building throughout the school year.

Grade 5

Device pickup for fifth-grade students entering Diley, Harmon, or Tollgate middle schools will be 5:30-8:30 pm. Pickup will be at Diley Middle School, regardless of which school your child attends.

  • Diley fifth graders: 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Harmon fifth graders: 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Toll Gate fifth graders: 7:30-8:30 pm

A parent/guardian may pick up the device with or without the student.

Grade 6

Sixth-grade students will receive the same device they had last year during the first three days of school. Students new to the district also will receive a device at this time.

Grades 7-8

Lakeview and Ridgeview STEM junior high school students will receive the same device they had last year during welcome days.

Pickerington High School Central

Students will receive the same device they had last year during the welcome days.

Aug. 7

  • Seniors: 8:30-11 am
  • Juniors: noon-2:30 pm

Aug. 8

  • Sophomores: 8:30-11 am
  • Freshmen: noon-2:30 pm

Pickerington High School North

Students will receive their same device back during the welcome days.

Step Eight: Consider Purchasing Device Technology Protection Plan (Highly Recommended)

The district recommends parents purchase optional device protection for their child’s one-to-one device.

Please read this entire document to determine if this plan is needed for you and your child’s protection against the cost of damage of the loaned device (Chromebook or iPad) in your care.

This plan is available for all students grades K-12 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Coverage and benefit: This annual agreement covers the Chromebook or iPad (“device”) loaned to the student against the following accidental damage costs. This agreement costs $40 per student per school year for a total of $400 worth of repairs, replacement and/or labor costs. Any costs above and beyond $400 will the responsibility of the guardians/student. The charger is not covered and is the sole responsibility of the student/parent. Coverage is 24 hours per day. Damage(s) due to intentional reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered. Lost or stolen devices will not be covered.

Effective date and expiration: Coverage is effective from the date this technology protection plan is purchased through Infinite Campus. Subject to immediate termination for the failure to timely pay the premium, the coverage shall end on the date that the device is required to be returned to the school, whether or not that device is returned to the school by that date. This is an annual plan.

Premium: The total annual premium cost is $40 for the 2018-19 school year. Payment is due by Sept. 14, 2018, for the plan to continue to be in effect. The Technology Protection Plan is non-refundable. Your child’s building administrator, in his/her sole discretion, will determine if damages were due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct. This is an annual plan; previously purchased Pickerington Schools Technology Protection Plans will not cover the new school year. This fee is not subject to waiver for free and reduced students as it is totally an optional fee. Students/parents are not required to have this coverage, but the district highly recommends it.

How to Purchase the Technology Protection Plan: To purchase the Technology Protection Plan, log into your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and under the fees section, there is an optional purchase, Technology Protection Plan. Purchase and pay for the plan for it to be active. Reminder this is an annual plan and does not extend from one school year to the next.

If the Technology Protection Plan is not Purchased: All damages and replacement parts will be charged at the current market rate with a labor fee of $40-$100 determined by the repair. Damage fees without the Technology Protection Plan will range between $50-$300. If the cost of the damage exceeds $300, a new device will be issued at the cost of $300. All damage, replacement parts and labor costs will be applied through the parent portal in Infinite Campus.

If Your Device is Damaged (if you have the Technology Protection Plan or Not): Take your device to the media center and inform the media center specialist/aide what the issue is with the device. A loaner device will be supplied during the time in which your issued device is being repaired. Loaner devices are only available to students that have submitted a non-functioning device to the media center. It is better to get repairs done early before they become bigger and more costly repairs.

For more information please, refer to the Technology Department page.

Step Nine: Check 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 username and password. Both of those are your child’s Student ID number (the same number used 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.

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

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

Step 10: Download Bus Tracker App

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

A mobile application can 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 be 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.

Step 11: Download the 2018-19 School Calendar

The Board of Education approved the 2018-19 school year calendar at its Feb. 12, 2018, meeting. (Download as PDF)

Parents are encouraged to refer to this calendar when planning activities such as vacations, family trips, and doctor’s visits.

The first day of school for grades 1-12 will be Wednesday, Aug. 15, and the last day for grades K-11 is scheduled for May 24, 2019. Winter break for students will begin on December 21 and classes will resume on January 7, 2019. Spring break is scheduled for March 18-22, 2019.

If the district has a calamity/snow day before Presidents Day on February 18, 2019, the district will use that date as the make-up. The following 2-4 calamity days will be made up with student “blizzard bags.” For information on blizzard bags visit the calamity day page.

Key dates

  • Aug. 15: First Day of School (grades 1-12)
  • Aug. 21: First Day of Kindergarten
  • Aug. 31: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • Sept. 3: No School, Labor Day
  • Sept. 5: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • Sept. 14: Interim grades (Elementary, Middle, High)
  • Sept. 26: Interim grades (Junior High)
  • Oct. 3:  Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • Oct. 12: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • Oct. 18: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 22: No School K-8 Only, All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 23: No School Kindergarten Only, All Day Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Oct. 25: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Nov. 6: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • Nov. 16: Interim grades (Elementary, Middle, High)
  • Nov. 21-23: No School, Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 5: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • Dec. 21: No School, Teacher Record Day
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 4: No School, Winter Break
  • Jan. 9: Interim grades (Junior High)
  • Jan. 18: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • Jan. 21: No School, Martin Luther King Day
  • Feb. 6: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • Feb. 8: Interim grades (Elementary, Middle, High)
  • Feb. 18: No School, Presidents Day (unless needed to use as make-up for calamity day)
  • March 6: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • March 7: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 14: K-12 Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • March 18-22: No School, Spring Break
  • April 3: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • April 11: Interim grades (Junior High)
  • April 18: Interim grades (Elementary, Middle, High)
  • April 19: No School, Good Friday
  • April 22: No School, Teacher Professional Development
  • May 1: Two Hour Late Start, Teacher Professional Development
  • May 21: Last day for Seniors
  • May 24: Last day of School (K-11)
  • May 25: Graduation Day! (Central at noon, North at 4 p.m.)
Step 12: 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 (PDF) | opt-out form (RTF version), 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.

Step 13: Review Info on 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 improve.

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 schools typically 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.

Step 14: Review Information From Your School Nurse

Medical Forms

In addition to the emergency medical form which should be filled out using our online system, 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. The current requirements for immunizations can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website under “Immunization Summary – School.”

Franklin County Health Department offers several immunization clinics every month. Visit the Franklin County Health Department website for more information.

Fairfield County clinics can be found on the Fairfield Department of Health website.

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 to be noncontagious 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 healthcare 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 must 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.

Step 15: Review Food Services Info and Add Money to My Payments Plus

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 6, 2018.

If you don’t have an account yet

We ask that you take a moment and create a free account at MyPaymentsPlus. 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: MyPaymentsPlus

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

Please note that the online application system for free and reduced lunches will not be active until approximately August 6, 2018.

Our goal: 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, North, 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 U.S. citizens.

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 Schools 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 need 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 in 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. 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 available after August 6, 2018. You may apply and submit your application for meal benefits after that date 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, 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 U.S. Department of Agriculture, 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 at 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 the Ohio Department of Medicaid. 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 online, or you can download the application and fill it out today.

Please note that the online application system for free and reduced lunches will not be active until approximately August 6, 2018.

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, has been eligible for free or reduced lunch, or your household income is low, complete the attached application (PDF) | (H.O.P.E. Packs application RTF version) 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 2018-19 school year in positions that include duty aides, secretaries, office assistants, paraprofessionals, library/media aides, kindergarten aides, healthcare assistants, food service, and custodial/maintenance.

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: SaferOH Tipline

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 Pickerington Schools, local law enforcement agencies, and others, if necessary.