Cafeteria Finance Officer: Deanna Carrell
Cafeteria Volunteer Chair: Stacey Beck
The Hyer PTA has run and operated the Hyer Cafeteria since 1949! The tradition of PTA-sponsored lunch programs is as old as HPISD itself, starting in 1914 when Armstrong opened as the first HPISD school without a cafeteria. Moms volunteered to heat up and serve soup to the students during the lunch hour. This tradition of PTA provided lunches has passed to each successive school opened in HPISD and continues strong today!
Our PTA Cafeteria Finance Officer and PTA Cafeteria Volunteer Chair oversee general cafeteria operations, while parent volunteers help serve the lunches. However, it is our amazing Cafeteria Manager, Donna Stacy, and her staff who are on the front lines ensuring the Hyer Cafeteria is a success! When your student purchases lunch from the Hyer Cafeteria, your family is supporting the operations of the Hyer Cafeteria, including our incredible cafeteria staff as well as delicious, healthy food selections for our students! Thank you for supporting the Hyer Cafeteria!
General Information & Guidelines
Cafeteria Manager Donna Stacy and her staff do the hard work of selecting and preparing delicious, healthy and varied meals.
For the foreseeable future, the Hyer Cafeteria will offer a rotating two-week menu of pre-set lunches for all grades. Students purchasing their lunch will be able to select a boxed hot or cold lunch option with his or her teacher each morning before 8:30 am. Boxed lunches will be delivered directly to your student's assigned seat in the cafeteria. No a la carte options or ice cream will be available at this time.
Students are also welcome to bring their lunch from home.
For the foreseeable future, one grade level at a time will have their lunch in the cafeteria. Students will have assigned seats. Upon entering the lunch room, pre-ordered lunches will be already placed and waiting for students at their assigned seats. Students will utilize plexi-glass partitions at lunch. An expanded cafeteria lunch schedule will allow enough time between each grade level’s use of the cafeteria for the staff to clean and sanitize before the next grade level arrives.
For the foreseeable future, students will not be able to use cash and must have a funded cafeteria account set up in order to purchase a lunch.
Please note that parents are not currently invited to have lunch with their children in the cafeteria.
Hyer loves celebrating birthdays as it is such a special day for each student! Unfortunately, parents will not be able to join their students for lunch or bring birthday treats for their students or their students’ classrooms. Parents are invited to pull their students out of school during lunch so that they can eat a picnic lunch together outside of the building on the school lawn or go somewhere special nearby for lunch.
HPISD Allergy & Anaphylaxis Protocol
Please refer to the HPISD Allergy & Anaphylaxis Protocol
Menu and Price List
Pre-set lunches will be priced as follows:
Grade K-1 hot or cold boxed lunches with milk, juice or water. - $4.50
Grade K-1 hot or cold boxed lunches with organic milk - $6.00
Grade 2-4 hot or cold boxed lunches with milk, juice or water. - $5.00
Grade 2-4 hot or cold boxed lunches with organic milk. - $6.50
Cafeteria Payment Account
Cash will not be accepted in the cafeteria at this time.
Please ensure that you have set up and added funds to your child’s cafeteria account if your child will be purchasing lunches from the cafeteria.
Set Up a Cafeteria Account
Login to Skyward via a computer (and not a mobile device)
Click 'Food Service' on the left menu bar
Click the 'Make a Payment' option found to the right of your student's name
You will be re-directed to eFunds for Schools, where you can login with your Skyward login credentials (use lowercase characters only)
eFunds for Schools
How to Set Up and Add Money to Cafeteria Account
Once you are logged into eFunds, click “Fund Lunch”
Enter your Skyward username and password (case sensitive)
Select the child that you wish to make a payment for
Edit the desired amount to add to student’s account
Click “Add to Cart”
Click “Begin Checkout” (Auto reload payments can be set up at this point.)
Enter payment information
Click “Pay Now”
How to Set Low Meal Balance Notifications
Once you are logged into eFunds, click 'Manage Account' tab, then 'Notification Settings'
Turn on the 'Low Meal Balance for All Students' notification
Then select 'Confirm Settings'
How to Set Amounts for Low Meal Balance Notifications & Auto-Reload Payments
This option allows the account holder to set the student’s account to reload a set dollar amount to the student’s account when it hits a low balance amount set by account holder
Once you are logged into eFunds, click 'Payment Settings' on the menu bar on the left
Select 'Low Meal Balance Settings'
Turn on the 'Configure Notifications' for each student account that you want to enable the notification
Adjust the 'Minimum Balance' ($10 is recommended), and the 'Replenishment Amount' ($100 is recommended)
Then select 'Confirm Settings'
NOTE: If payment information is changed (e.g., a new credit card or different bank account), you will need to reset the low balance settings for the auto-reload function to work.
Each time you deposit money into the cafeteria account, a transaction fee will be assessed. If your payment method is a direct deposit from your bank, the total fee will $1. For credit card payments, a sliding scale will be assessed in $5 increments for every $150 added to the account.
Negative Balance Policy
As a reminder, the cafeteria offers the cafeteria account payment option as a convenience to the students and parents and, in turn, asks that parents help support the cafeteria’s efforts to keep a balanced budget by keeping their student’s cafeteria account balance positive at all times. The first time a student’s cafeteria account reaches an actual balance of negative $25, the account will be closed until payment is made. The second time a student’s cafeteria account reaches an actual balance of negative $25, the account will be permanently closed for the remainder of the school year. Failed payments (i.e., bounced or returned payments) will not be counted towards determining actual account balances under this policy.
HPISD Meal Assistance Program Policy & Application
The cafeterias of Highland Park ISD are owned and operated by their respective PTA/PTO. No federal funds are accepted for the student meal service operation. Any breakfast or lunch assistance given to a Highland Park ISD student is a gift to the student from the Cafeteria PTA/PTO campus in which the student is attending. Funding of the Meal Assistance Program is done independently at each campus through parent donation or outside funding. For more information, please refer to the Meal Assistance Program Policy.
Volunteer in the Cafeteria
Volunteer as a server or cashier in the cafeteria. Students are so excited to see their parents in the cafeteria, and for many cafeteria volunteers it is a true highlight of their Hyer experience! Volunteers are invited to have lunch after their shift.
By volunteering to serve students, parent volunteers (on all campuses) save HPISD over $400,000. This fall, cafeteria volunteers will be considered 'essential' and will be able to enter the building to work their shift. Each volunteer will be required to follow specific COVID protocols to ensure the safety of our students. At Hyer, we typically utilize 9 volunteers each day (approximately 370 volunteers per month). With only 360 families this year, we need every family to volunteer to keep our Hyer Cafeteria running efficiently!
Sign Up to Volunteer
To volunteer, please contact Stacey Beck, Cafeteria Volunteer Chair at email@example.com. You will have the added bonus of seeing our new beautiful building and your child(ren) at school! Shifts run from approximately 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Volunteer Procedures & Guidelines
All volunteers must review the Hyer Cafeteria Volunteer Procedures and Hand Washing Guidelines and complete the Hyer Cafeteria Volunteer Guidelines & Hand Washing Acknowledgement Form before their first shift.
Finding a Sub
All volunteers are responsible for finding their own subs. Please click HERE for helpful hints when trying to find a sub.