Food & Nutrition Information
PACS’ Wellness Policy
Philadelphia Academy Charter School (PACS) (hereto referred to as the District) is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year. To see the entire policy, please Click Here. To view the Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment, please Click Here.
“Lunchtime” Online Payment System
Philadelphia Academy Charter School offers the secure, convenient and easy online LunchTime pre- payment web service. Using this program allows you to monitor your student’s lunch purchases, set up an automatic account replenishment and email notification (if you choose to do so) and to set up student purchase or meal limits. If you wish to try the online demo, please visit LunchTime Software.
LunchTime is a computerized debit system allowing you to pay in advance for meals. The system works with a personal identification number (PIN) pad located at the end of the serving line. The student enters their PIN and their purchase amount is deducted from the funded debit account. We encourage you to take advantage of funding your student’s account through one of the payment options. As the account is used, purchases are automatically deducted. There is no limit on the amount of money that can be deposited, but the minimum deposit is $10.
Balance Transfers and Refunds
Balances for returning students can be carried over to the next school year or transferred to a sibling who is linked to your account at either PACS or PACHS. Balance Transfer Request Form. We recommend that you monitor the account balance as the school year comes to a close to minimize the amount of money carried over. You may request a refund by submitting the Refund Request Form. The school office staff is not able to refund monies directly to students. Parents may either pick up their refund at the school or have it mailed directly to them. Refund requests require a one-week processing turnaround from when the form is submitted.
To speed up the administrative process to enter your student’s deposit to their account, please use the Advanced Payment form. Your student may turn it in with their payment during their homeroom or drop it off at the front office no later than 9:00 a.m. to be available in the system for their lunch by the next day. Prepaying greatly increases the speed at which your student goes through the cafeteria line. Menus will continue to be posted on the website.
Online Credit Card/Debit Card Payment Options
Because the LunchTime service is linked to the parent portal, you will need to have a parent account to take advantage of this service. You will need your student ID number that can be found to the right of your student’s name on their report card or you may call the school to get this information. If you have more than one student at PACS/PACHS, you do not need to create a separate account for each student. To add another student to your account, go to the “My Account” tab and enter their student ID number. A parent can be linked to many students, but a student can only be linked to one parent. Once logged in to your student’s account, click on the link, “View Cafeteria Account,” to go to the Lunch Time Account Access Listing. In this section you may set up notifications, deposit funds, or set spending limits or restrictions. Once activated, a detailed account of transactions will be available.
In order to use the online prepayment services for Visa, Master Card or Discover, a convenience fee for each transaction will be assessed to cover bank fees, credit card fees and website maintenance costs. The convenience fee for credit cards is 2.5% and a transaction fee of $0.50. If you choose the online check option, you will need your bank routing number and account number. The convenience fee is 1% and a transaction fee of $0.50.
PACS retains no portion of this fee and does not profit from the use of this site.
Direct Payment to the School
If you wish to prepay for your student’s lunch for the week or month, you may send cash, check or a money order payable to PACS or PACHS. Your student may turn it in during their homeroom,or drop it off at the front office to be available in the system for their lunch by the next day