Infinite Campus Inc. announced on June 28 the launch of Campus Cafeteria Serve, a point-of-sale food-service program, and an electronic payments-processing feature called Campus Online Payments, which will be available in July. The student-information systems provider designed the programs to enable grade schools with classes kindergarten through the 12th grade to automate food services and school-fee payments.

School districts already using the Blaine, Minn.-based company’s Campus Food Service, which costs $6 per student, may upgrade at no additional charge to Cafeteria Serve and the Campus Online Payments program, a spokesperson from Infinite Campus tells PaymentsSource.

Cafeteria Serve is a point-of-sale service developed for cafeteria operations that do not require cash or complex menus and that can operate from a desktop or laptop computer.

Additionally, Infinite Campus customers with busy lunchrooms may combine Cafeteria Serve with a POS device, such as the IBM SurePos terminal, while smaller schools may use an online program to record food items distributed in classrooms, the spokesperson notes.

Infinite Campus does not charge a fee to integrate Cafeteria Serve, but schools pay a transaction fee to Vanco Services LLC, a third-party electronic payment service that processes the payments, the spokesperson says. The spokesperson declined to comment on the transaction fees, which are based on a contract with the school district and Vanco.

Campus Online Payments, which schools also may integrate with Campus Food Service, is an electronic-payment processing feature. It enables parents to pay for food-service charges and other school fees such as activities or field trips, the spokesperson says. Users may log in to Infinite Campus’ website to make a payment with a credit or debit card, the spokesperson adds.

Additionally, parents or guardians may view all of their children’s activities on one screen so they can make one payment, either in full or partial, for multiple children, the spokesperson says.

When students buy lunch, they enter a code into a keypad, and Infinite Campus automatically deducts the funds from their account balance that parents load ahead of time through Campus Online Payments.

Infinite Campus services 2,000 school districts in the United States.

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