Parents are being encouraged to sign-up for a new cashless payment system ahead of its launch in six Renfrewshire schools next year.
Castlehead and Gryffe High Schools and, Auchenlodement, Howwood, St Fillan’s and St James (Renfrew) Primaries will be the first to go live with ParentPay in January 2019.
The launch is part of Renfrewshire Council’s work to make all Renfrewshire schools cashless by summer 2020.
ParentPay will remove cash and cheques from the classrooms, allowing parents to pay for their childrens’ school meals, activities and trips online.
The cashless system, which is already used in more than 8,000 UK schools, allows parents and carers to make online payments into their child’s account 24/7. They will also be able to see what their child has ordered for lunch, set spending caps and keep a record of all the payments they have made.
Parents and carers who don’t use online banking can put money into their child’s account at their nearest PayPoint, usually located in newsagents and other local shops.
Renfrewshire Council’s Convener for Finance, Resources and Customer Services, Councillor John Shaw said: “I’m delighted that we are introducing ParentPay in six schools, it will revolutionise the way parents and carers pay for school meals, trips and activities.
“We want to make all Renfrewshire schools cashless by summer 2020 and launching ParentPay in six schools is the first step towards this goal.”
ParentPay accounts will be activated in December, ahead of the launch of the new system in January.
Parents and carers will need to set up a MyGovScot MyAccount login to use the new payment system.
Letters advising how to register for ParentPay will be sent to parents and carers before their child’s school moves onto the new system.
To register for MyAccount visit https://myaccount.renfrewshire.gov.uk/