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September 2022

New Medicaid Reduced

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MDE has now added a Medicaid Reduced option in the Direct Cert list. The district will need to report this new reduced status and fill out applications from the DC list accordingly. Please contact Region 1 with questions. 
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Begin Next School Year Checklist

Begin Next School Year Checklist

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General  Verify all cafeteria computers can log into Meals Plus.  Verify all External Hardware is operational.System Management Review Security: User Setup—add new cashiers/users, assign sites & items as needed.Point of Sale Review/edit Attendance Factor in Control File. Review/update Item Setup: Prices, State Reimbursable items and Assigned Users. Review/update Site Setup: Other Configurations: Default charges.Student Eligibility Set M...
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New MDE Notification Letters Available

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MDE has released new letter templates for both the Notification and Direct Certification letters. We have mocked up a Meals Plus version of the letters that are available upon request. You can update the letters by going to Student Eligibility > Administration > Letter Setup. 
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July 2022

Meals Plus Year End and Updates

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Once a new meal system has been selected, please notify Region 1. We will work with the vender on setting up file transfers and a data import into Synergy. A final balance transfer date will also need to be selected. This will be the date that no other meal transactions or payments will be taken, including account corrections and transfers.   Contact Anthony at: anthony@region1.k12.mn.us or call at 218-284-3123 
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June 2022
Meals Plus Year End

Meals Plus Year End

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As we prepare for migrating districts to a new lunch system software application, the Year End process provided by Region 1 will be modified this year. Please provide us with the following: Last day of school for the 2021-22 year. Anticipated date when all meal account balances will be updated (Refunds or Transfers) The new lunch system software application you have selected, and the anticipated date on which you will go live on the new lunch system. Please take a copy of your Meals Plus roster,...
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May 2022

Email Parents About Turning Off Auto Payments

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Now is a great time to send out an email reminder to all parents of seniors to turn off auto payments. This will help to cut down on the time it takes to refund any meal balances after school is out for the year.
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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 2022-23 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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April 2022

Direct Certification Instructions

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Basic Direct Certification import setup can be built by Region 1. District must provide the Direct Cert List from MDE.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 ...
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Lunch Application

Lunch Application

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Online free & reduced applications Allows parents and guardians to apply for meal benefits online Speeds application processing Makes it easy to administer - no more dealing with messy handwriting Eliminates the need for paper files Utilizes SSL security protocol (Network Solutions) Integrates with Free & Reduced program to accurately update eligibility  Applications Setting the MBE DateAfter the start of a new year Region 1 will default set your MBE dates. The district will need to...
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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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