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General Information and Guidelines

Food Selections

Cafeteria Manager Lorena Escobedo and her staff do the hard work of selecting and preparing delicious, healthy and varied meals.

Students in Kindergarten and 1st Grade have the option to buy either a pre-set hot or cold lunch each day.  Students in 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades have the option to purchase items a la carte that includes a meat item, vegetables, salads, sandwiches, fruits, milk and juices.

About 15 minutes after the beginning of their lunch period, students are allowed to purchase ice cream for dessert.  The ice cream schedule is as follows:

  • Kinder & 1st grade on Friday

  • 2nd grade on Tuesday and Thursday

  • 3rd and 4th grades on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

Students are not required to purchase lunch from the cafeteria and may bring a packed lunch from home.  

  • Please be sure to include napkins, condiments or disposable utensils that your child may need

  • Use packaging that your child can open independently!  Yogurt tubes, pouch drinks and twist off drinks can be difficult for little hands.  Ziploc bags are easier to handle than sealed bags.

Visitor Policy

If you would like to have lunch with your student during their lunch period, indoor as well as outdoor seating areas are available.  We ask that parents wait until September 12 to join their student for lunch.  New students including Kinder will be learning how to buy lunch and where to sit.  If your child has a birthday before September 12, we can make an exception so you can join him/her on their birthday.

Please remember that Kinder through 3rd grade students can invite ONE student friend to sit with them and their parent guest.  4th graders can invite TWO student friends.  Adherence to these guidelines minimizes hurt feelings of other students.

Birthday Policy

We celebrate every child's birthday with special recognition on the morning announcements and in the classroom.  Because of food allergies and nutritional guidelines, parents are asked NOT to bring birthday treats to distribute to other students in the classroom or in the cafteria.

HPISD Allergy & Anaphylaxis Protocol

Cafeteria Payment Accont

Cafeteria Payment Account

Cash Transactions Prohibited

The Hyer Cafeteria is not able to accept cash.  Please ensure that your student's cafeteria account has been set up and funds added so that they can purchase lunch in the cafeteria.

Cafeteria Account

  • Login to Skyward using a computer instead of a mobile device

  • On the left menu bar, select Food Service

  • To the right of your student's name, select Make a Payment to be directed to eFunds


Add Money to Cafeteria Account

  • Once you have logged into eFunds, select Fund Lunch

    • Continue as Guest is used to make a one time payment 

    • Select Login if you want to manage your account and save your payment information

  • Enter your Skyward login credentials (using lowercase characters only)

  • Select FUND LUNCH for the child that you wish to make a payment

  • Edit the desired amount for the student's account

  • Select Add to Cart, then Begin Checkout (auto reload payments can be set up at at this step)

  • Enter your payment information and then Pay Now

Low Meal Balance  Notification Settings

  • Once you are logged into eFunds, under Manage Account select the Notification Settings and enable the Low Meal Balance for All Students option

  • Then under Payment Settings, select Low Meal Balance Settings, and enter the Minimum Balance and Replenishment Amount

Transaction Fees

Each time you deposit money into your student's cafeteria account, a transaction fee will be assessed.  If your payment method is a direct deposit from your bank, the total transaction fee is $1.  For credit card payments, a sliding scale is assessed in $5 increments for every $150 added.​

Negative Balance Policy

Hyer's Cafeteria offers the cafeteria account payment option as a convenience to parents and students, and in turn, we need parents to 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 a negative balance of $25, the account will be closed until the balance is no longer in the negative.  The second time this occurs, 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 account balances under this policy.

HPISD Meal Assistance Program

The cafeterias of Highland Park ISD are owned and operated by their respective PTA/PTO.  No federal fund are accepted for the student meal service operations.  Any breakfast or lunch assistance provided by HPISD is a gift to the student from their respective Cafeteria PTA/PTO.  Funding of the Meal Assistance Program is provided independently at each campus through parent donations or outside funding.  For more information or to apply for assistance, please refer to the Meal Assistance Program.


Volunteer in the Cafeteria

Why Volunteer?

Students are so excited to see their parents serving in the cafeteria, and for many volunteering in the cafeteria is a true highlight of their Hyer experience!  Parent volunteers (on all campuses) save HPISD over $400,000 each school year.  Hyer needs 9 volunteers each day (approximately 370 volunteer hours) to keep the Cafeteria running efficiently.​

To sign-up, please contact our Cafeteria Volunteer Chair.  A shift is 2.5 hours per month from 10:30 to 1.

All volunteers must review Hyer's Cafeteria Volunteer Procedures and Hand Washing Guidelines.  You will need to complete the Acknowledgement Form before your first shift.

Finding a Sub for their shift is the volunteer's responsibility.  Check out our helpful hints when trying to find a Sub.

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