MySchoolBucks payment processing

We recently purchased 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. In early August 2018, we will implement this new system in our school for use throughout campus — in the Commons, Bookstore, Prep Shop and any other venue where students wish to purchase something.

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.)

To fund the account, you have options. 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. However, if you want to avoid this charge, you can bring a check to the Business Office. If you do this, please make the check payable to St. Ignatius and place your check in an envelope accompanied by the student’s name and ID number.  

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. 

If your student did not get their finger scanned (biometrics) into the system yet, please contact kschwarz@siprep.org to set it up.

If you wish to opt out, you must download this form, sign it, and have your son or daughter bring it on registration day.

Biometrics

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.

Read more here about biometrics.