MySchoolBucks payment processing
Important note for end of school year 2019:
Effective May 20, 2019, MySchoolBucks AutoPay feature will be turned off for the summer and will resume at the start of the school year in the fall. Any balances from this school year, will roll over to next year. If you would like to transfer a balance from one sibling to another sibling, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer students will still have access to their funds in their accounts.
You may access your MySchoolBucks account at any time to add funds, review history, or update your profile.
What is MySchoolBucks:
In August 2018, we implemented a new computerized Point of Sale (POS) system to assist us in increasing the level of service we provide, as well as to allow parents to have easier and better reporting on how student funds are being spent. This new system can be used throughout campus — in the Commons, Bookstore, Prep Shop and any other venue where students wish to purchase something.
How to access MySchoolBucks:
Every student at SI has been entered into the computerized system. We strongly recommend parents/guardians deposit money into the student’s account via myschoolbucks.com. Go to this website and click on "Sign up today" to get started. You will be prompted to select a state; then under "select district" you will see in the dropdown menu our school's name.
After you have created your account, you can search for your son or daughter by name and birthdate or by their student ID number, which is on their student body card. (New parents: you can still sign up even though cards won't be issued until the start of school.)
How to fund MySchoolBucks account:
On the Myschoolbucks website, you can use a credit or debit card or your bank's routing number located on one of your checks. If you use this method, there will be a charge of $2.49 for deposits up to $300. To avoid the fee during the regular school year, you can drop off a check to the Business Office made out to St. Ignatius with your student's name and ID written on the memo line.
If you wish to avoid this system entirely, students can always use cash, though we don't recommend this as it slows down the lunch line.
If a student’s account gets low, an email will be sent by Myschoolbucks alerting you of this.
Money in the student’s account at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next school year.
The system above uses a biometric ID management system in an effort to provide accurate student identification and improve efficiency and security for our students and their accounts. We are using this new ID management system because we are held accountable for students and the accuracy of their records. This technology will help us reduce the costs and time required in managing student ID while providing an easy, fast and accurate way to identify students. This system will also ensure that no one but your child can charge items to his/her account.
Freshman and Transfers will be enrolled in the biometric system (finger scan) during orientation. If your student did not have this done, they should contact Michelle Finn (email@example.com) to set it up.
What is biometric identification?
Biometric identification is an automated method of identifying a person based upon physical or behavioral characteristics. Our school has selected the identiMetrics System because it is secure, accurate, cost-effective and non-intrusive. You can learn more about the system at www.identimetrics.net.
How does biometrics work?
We will be using finger scanning biometrics similar to your smart phone. Using a finger scanner, the software scans certain unique points on the finger to create and store individual templates that identify each student. When the student returns, the software again scans the finger and looks for a match in the database. When a match is found, the student is identified. This all happens in about a second.
What about the privacy of our students?
The software scans the finger for identification. It does not store a copy of the fingerprints. Instead, the software creates a template of the unique points on the finger. The template is converted to a unique number and is stored in the school’s database with the same high level of security of all of our records. The templates are also protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is the same Federal Law that protects all student records. When your child graduates or is no longer enrolled in the school system, the templates are deleted. At no time is a fingerprint image stored.
It is important to understand that we are not fingerprinting students. In addition, fingerprints cannot be recreated or delivered to any agency - governmental or otherwise.
Thanks for your attention!
It is important to us that your child’s experiences in school are educational and rewarding. This new way of identifying our students is safe, easy, accurate, efficient and secure. If you have any questions or do not want your child to participate, please contact us.