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Student Food Service Purchasing System 

The Bexley City Schools Food Service Department is implementing a new technology to process student food service purchases in the 2019-2020 school year.  

Students will purchase their food with the touch of their finger instead of using a 6-digit code. A finger scan will be collected for each student, this scan generates a unique pattern and code used to directly connect to a student’s food service account within one second.  

This system does not collect or store images of fingerprints and the scanned pattern cannot be used to recreate a fingerprint in any way or by any entity.  


Frequently Asked Questions 

How does the Finger Scan Work? 

  • A student’s finger is scanned by the finger scanner. 

  • The computer develops a grid of intersection points around the unique swirls and arcs of the scanned finger. 

  • A template is created by the software to show this unique intersection.  

  • The software stores a set of numbers or a code that can only be interpreted as a template in the system.  

  • Student returns to scan their finger to pay for their lunch.  

  • In under one second, the computer compares the scan with the templates in the system and identifies the matching account.  

How is this different than fingerprinting? 

Law enforcement agencies that collect fingerprints capture rolled images of all 10 fingers which captures unique identifying points on the entire finger surface thereby collecting the maximum number of unique identifying points.  

The student identification software scans flat images of one finger to create templates. This scan collects only the center of the finger and requires only a small number of unique identifying points to make a match. It’s purpose is to identify a student already enrolled in the software. 

Can my fingerprint be given to anyone else? 

There are no images of fingerprints stored in the system, the system only stores numerical representations of the unique points identified in a finger scan. This data cannot be used to recreate a fingerprint in any way.  

Can my scanned data be used to re-create a fingerprint? 

No. There is no way for any fingerprint expert or law enforcement agency or anyone else to take the numerical representations stored to reconstruct a fingerprint image from the data. There is no way to “reverse identify” a person.  

Can my fingerprint be copied or used by anyone else? 

No. It is impossible to duplicate or falsify fingerprints from the information stored by the computer system. 

Are my finger scan templates available to anyone else? 

No. This information is only stored and is protected by the system for Bexley City School use only. is our new platform for managing on-line payments to the school. Any balances you had with EZPay are automatically in your student's account. 
Steps to set up a student’s DIGITAL ID

  • Click the link “PAY SCHOOL FEES” from the Food Services page or go to 

  • Login to PaySchoolsCentral - if you do not have an account, click “REGISTER” and follow the steps to register and add your student(s) - you will need your student’s 6-digit ID for this step

  • Once you are logged in, the DASHBOARD with all of your students listed will be displayed

  • From the DASHBOARD Menu (along the right-hand side of the screen), click “DIGITAL ID”

  • The student’s information and DIGITAL ID will be displayed; click the “DOWNLOAD” button; repeat this step for all students for whom you wish to create a DIGITAL ID

  • To find the downloaded DIGITAL ID, search your device for a file name with the student’s ID number and the file extension “.PNG” (e.g. 123456.PNG); this file can now be saved as a photo and shared with your student

  • Have your student save the image on their phone where they can quickly access it to scan at the register at school for contact-less transactions.

Staff Meals FAQs

FAQs for Staff Meals at Bexley CSD

Staff and students have the same access to the food. There are no ‘staff only’ items. 


How do I get an ID number? Email [email protected] and she will email you an ID number.


What’s the Cost? A staff meal is $4.50. Middle and High School student meals are $3.75. Yes, their meals are subsidized about 70 cents in federal money. That’s why there is a difference. 


How to pay? We take cash or checks at the register, but no credit cards. We encourage you to get an ID to rest money on your account- to have a positive balance- it is quicker to get you through the line than handling cash for every transaction. You can use cash or checks at the registers. To use a credit card: go to to put money on your account. 


Can I carry a negative balance? No. That’s not a good way to do business, but we won’t let you starve. If you find yourself without lunch and no cash or checks we’ll spot you for the day. 


What is a Meal? A meal consists of milk, a grain, a meat or meat alternative (cheese, tofu, legumes), 2 vegetables and 2 fruits. We encourage you to maximize your purchase. Most entrees cost $2.65 and most sides cost $1.00 when purchased a la carte. When you select 2 or more sides with an entrée we’ll charge you the price of a meal, $4.50, not $4.65, so optimize and grab a fruit for later and take the milk if you’ll drink it. Alternatively, don’t take what you won’t eat. That is the number one rule of reducing food waste. Reducing food waste is why we offer many options.


What are the fruit and vegetable sides? Fresh whole fruit, daily cut fruit, applesauce, peach or pear cups, a small salad or the daily vegetable. At the Cassingham Complex you may find additional offerings like soup or different salads. A combination of any of 4 of these can be added to an entrée and milk to make a lunch. For students they are required to take at least one, but may take up to four. 


What is www.PaySchoolsCentral.comIt’s the hub of activity for information about your account. Once registered you can set up low balance reminders, pay on-line with a credit card, create a scannable ID, and see account activity. There is a fee to pay on-line, but otherwise it is free to use. 


Pro tip: Bring salt from home. 


Specific to Cassingham Complex (not Montrose and Maryland): 

Can items in the cold case be an entrée? Yes. You may find sandwiches, and big salads, hummus and parfaits. All of these can be part of a $4.50 lunch. Please ask anyone working in the department what you can add to optimize your meal. We play Meal or No Meal all the time. 


When are the service hours? 11:00-12:45. At other schools check with the office for times. 


Really, how do I navigate the line? Enter the lunch line at the “enter” doors, “Lions” or “Cubs”. You can ask a student to let you in front of them. They will let you. :) Grab a milk, any fruit, and tell the server which items you’d like. The soup is on the ledge, the salads are in the black, cold case cooler. There are drinks in the cooler too. When you get to the cashier, tell them your ID, key it in, or scan your code. If you have money on your account, they will key in the transaction and say good day. If not, have your cash or check ready to pay before you get to them. Condiments are on the other side of the cashier. We have most things, aside from salt. 


Other Questions? If you have any questions about our program ask me. I love talking about food service from the Farm Bill to food allergies to monetary literacy for students. 


Julianna Carvi, Director of Food Service for BCSD

[email protected]

614.231.7611 ext. 4104

Allergies and Intolerances

Bexley is a “peanut- and tree nut-free zone” to safeguard students who have allergies.  Pork is only found in the pepperoni on the Donatos pizza we have delivered. We do not have pork in our meals we cook. 

Parents/guardians of students with food allergies should see the Health Forms section on Bexley Schools' Health Clinics page. If your child has a food intolerance, eg. lactose,  and you want to substitute juice for milk on the plate lunch please email Julianna Carvi with your request.
If you have a personal family choice (eg. vegetarian or vegan) we will make note of it on the student's account. However, if a student actively chooses to take an item that will not cause them medical harm we will allow to make that choice for themselves. 

Charging Policy

Only a full lunch or breakfast may be charged. 
All accounts must be in the positive by the last day of school.
You will be notified routinely and often if your student's account is in arrears. Please keep a positive balance on all accounts.  
A full meal is the entree, up to four fruit or vegetable options and milk. They may not charge anything else. Parents/Guardians are responsible for the price of the charged meal(s).  The district may pursue legal action against deliquent debts. 
See the Charging Policy for specific details.

Limit Puchases

We know learning about money is tricky and the school cafeteria is one of the first places children have the autonomy to make decsisions about spending. Sometimes they are making bad food decisions and you want to set limitations. We are here to support everyone, students and parents. 
The best way to see what your student is buying is to set up a free account on EZpay. You can see the last week's transactions. 
Set an automatic low balance reminder at a high dollar amount and you will be notified every time a purchase is made once that dollar amount is reached.  Eg. $100 low balance reminder with $99 in the account you will be notified everytime a transaction happens on the account. 
Email Julianna Carvi to restrict thier spending in general Eg. $4/day, or change specific access. Eg. no muffins, etc. Any limitation a parent/guardian requests stays on a student's account from grade to grade until a parent/guardian notifies us to remove it. You can also fill out this spending limit form, and send it with your child. 

Summer Feeding Program

The Ohio Department of Education has a complete list of locations where you can sign up for meals during the summer.

USDA Non Discrimination Policy

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,

color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: [email protected]

Food Services Director

Julianna Carvi Julianna Carvi has been at Bexley City Schools since 2013. In that time she's changed the cafeteria in numerous ways with plans to do even more. With previous experience at the Ohio School for the Deaf and Ohio State School for the Blind and in the restaurant business, Ms. Carvi holds both an MBA and a CPM (Certified Public Manager). Her interests include baking for friends and reading as much as possible. 

Julianna Carvi
Food Services Director
Bexley City School District
348 South Cassingham Road
Bexley, Ohio 43209
(614) 231-7611 ext. 4104


Menu for Middle and High school
The menu for middle and high schools 4th quarter
Elementary Menu
Menu for the last quarter of the year
Elementary Nutritional Info
Nutrition information for Elementary menu