South Washington County Schools

Meal Accounts / PAMS

Limits on your child's account

Parents can request a comment or limit be added to your child's lunch account regarding the purchase of second breakfasts/lunches, second entrees and/or ala carte items. Exceptions, such as "second pizza, ok", can also be added. Just call the cashier at your child's school and ask to have the comment/limit added to the lunch account. Click on "Contact Us & School Contacts" for the cashier's phone number.

When your child enters his/her PIN, the comment will display on the  register. Remember, this will result in the cashier taking the second breakfasts/lunches, second entree/ala carte item away from your child. Sending cash for second breakfasts/lunches, second entrees/ala carte items will avoid this sometimes embarrassing situation.

This comment does NOT remain on the account when a child moves from one building to another. Call the cashier at the new school to have the comment added to your child's lunch account.


Students are allowed to charge up to $10.00, once a students account goes negative $10.00 they will be allowed to use the Angel Fund twice.  Once a students account has gone negative, ala carte purchases are not permitted.  It is expected that the money be repaid to the Angel Fund so that the program can continue to be used by other students.  If monies have not been deposited into the students account, the student will be given an alternative lunch of a deli sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk.

Checks received back from the bank

NSF Checks (includes checks written on closed bank accounts and stop payments).  

South Washington County Schools procedure for handling NSF checks is as follows:

  1. Nutrition Services will send a written notice to the person who issued the check(s) informing them of the deadline to make good on the check (and the $25.00 per check service fee charged by the school district). 
  2. Nutrition Services will immediately block the accounts of all the children in the household and will not accept additional checks until the NSF check(s) and fee are made good.
  3. Nutrition Services will debit the intended student's account for the money owed (amount of the check) if the NSF check and fee are not made good by the deadline date.  Debiting a child's account will put the lunch account into a negative balance. The child will not be able to participate in the lunch or breakfast programs until the account reflects a positive balance.
  4. As soon as Nutrition Services receives payment (cash, cashier's check or money order) covering the amount of the NSF check and the $25.00 service fee, all accounts in the household will be unblocked, the debited account will be credited the amount of the NSF check, and future checks will be accepted and deposited into the lunch accounts. 

When a student changes schools within District 833

Remaining lunch balances will follow students to their new school. If you are an existing PayPams user you do not have to make any changes to your PayPams account.  PayPams Flyer

Money on Accounts at the End of the School Year

Balances remaining on account at the end of the school year automatically carry forward when school reopens and follow students to their next building assignment. Refunds will not be issued at the end of the year on account balances of less than $10.