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May 2020
Meals Plus Year End

Meals Plus Year End

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Region 1 will once again perform the year end process for you. This includes: Preparing your data for the 2020-21 school year Updating the Income Guidelines for your Free and Reduced Meal Applications in Student Eligibility Updating Reimbursement Rates Advancing students and inactivating those that have leftWe are planning to start rolling districts on July 1st at the end of the day. We do request that you refund any remaining balances or transfer funds of your seniors before then. Also, we plan...
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March 2020

Custom Query

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Custom Query allows the user to create a query specific to their needs.
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Serving Group Membership

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This is where you assign students to serving groups.First, you will need to set up some Serving Groups under Administration.  Please refer to Serving Group Setup for details about setup and Serving by Group.How to Assign Member to GroupsOn the Serving Group Membership screen, there are two grid. Select a Site first, and it will fill the upper grid with a list of all students at that site. Check Visiting Students if you want to be able t...
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How to Use Auto Serve

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Auto Serve is designed to automatically record transactions for a single meal item with limited input from the cashier.This feature is used with barcode readers or other input devices. Both queuing and non-queuing devices are supportedIt is available on the Breakfast/ Lunch serving screen (including offline mode). A Quick Serve Item is required. It would usually be a reimbursable meal but can be any meal item.   No cash is involved with Auto Serve. All transa...
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Applications

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Setting the MBE DateAfter the start of a new year Region 1 will default set your MBE dates. The district will need to verify the school start date and update all sites by start date.To do this go into Student Eligibility ->  Administration -> Meal Benefit Expiration
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Serve By Teacher

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This is a special option for serving meals to a group of students that have the same teacher, all on the same serving screen. The Meal Type will determine whether it goes to a Breakfast or Lunch summary.  Select Serving Date, Meal Type, and Quick Serve Item, if desired.  If a Quick Serve Item is not selected, a warning message will appear:   SelectServing Site and Touch Screen On/Off. Click Continue and then select the...
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Serve By Group

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This option is for serving meals to a group of students that have been assigned to a special user-defined Serving Group.A Serving Group can be created for any group of students who are usually served at the same time. Groups can include visiting students from other sites.Examples:If students who ride the same bus all eat breakfast at the same time, you could put them in a group based on bus routes. If all the students in grades PK and KI eat lunch together, they could be in a group based on lunc...
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Special MARSS #364 Error Note

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Students appearing on your MARSS Error report with warning #364, if you find the address listed for the student was a previous address (even if it was in another town) but that the student did reside at that address and the parent/guardian listed is correct for the student, then the student may be marked free in MARSS.  DHS addresses can be from a year ago so they may be different.
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Direct Certification Instructions

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As most of you know, USDA guidelines require mandatory direct certification for all children in food stamp households.The following files are needed to match your students to the information provided by the state.A current student file with: Student Number Case Number Student Last Name Student First Name Address1 Address3 Parent Last NameA file from MDE with students that should be processed as direct certified is best.Step 1 – Import Direct Cert file from MDE in .txt format: Log into Meal...
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January 2020
Anthony's Best Practices

Anthony's Best Practices

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 Help prevent serving on incorrect days by restricting the ability to Change the Serving Date in the Serve screen. Actual Date is when a transaction is actually entered. Effective Date is the date chosen in the Serve screen. Ensure the Date/Time of each computer is correct as Offline Transactions cannot use the Date/Time from the Server.Accountability:• The Non-Participating Students report is a great tool to see students currently not participating in Breakfast or Lunch.&bul...
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