GCPS to provide meals free of charge to students and to children 18 and younger
In early September, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted additional waiver extensions that allow school districts to offer meals at no charge through December 31, 2020 through the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). This extension, paired with guidance received from the Georgia Department of Education, will allow Gwinnett County Public Schools to offer meals at no charge at school sites to all students. These meals are provided at no cost to the individual through the federal School Nutrition Program.
Students Attending School In-Person
Those attending school in-person will receive meals free-of-charge during their school’s scheduled meal times.
Curbside Pick-up for Digital Learners
Digital learners may pick up meals through the curbside pick-up program at Dyer, Monday through Friday in the bus lanes, between 10:45-11:45. Each day’s pick-up includes both breakfast and lunch. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals. (Click here for a list of the 132 schools offering curbside pick-up.)
Curbside Pick-up for Others 18 Years of Age or Younger:
As part of the Seamless Summer Option, curbside pick-up meals also will be available at no charge to anyone 18 years of age or younger, even to children who are not a GCPS student. Please check with your local school for curbside pick-up times and the location of the pick-up program. Individuals will not be allowed to enter the school to pick up or eat meals.
Gwinnett County Public Schools encourages families who are eligible for the Free & Reduced Meal Program to complete the annual application to ensure meal benefits continue when this waiver expires. The application is available on the GCPS website or at https://www.nlappscloud.com/.
A well-balanced, hot lunch is offered for $2.25 daily (11.25/week). Reduced lunch is $0.40. Extra milk can be purchased for an additional $0.40 and an additional entree can be purchased for $1.75. Your child may pay cash daily or payment can be made online at MyPaymentsPlus.com
Lunch Visitors: You are always welcome at Dyer Elementary. For you, and your child’s protection, all visitors must check in through the front office, show photo-id, and obtain a visitor’s pass. Visitors must be listed on the student’s authorized pick-up list or parents/guardians may send a note to their child’s teacher that morning granting permission for a designated guest to visit their child. A visitor’s badge must be worn at all times while in the building. Our staff has been instructed to stop any visitor without a visitor’s badge, and re-direct them to the office to check-in. Before leaving school, visitors need to return to the front office to sign-out, and return their visitor’s badge. Please note: lunch visitors must sit with their student pnly at the visitor's tables, you may not eat with the class or have a friend join you (unless you are on their check-out list).
Birthday Celebrations: You are welcome to celebrate your child's birthday with their class during lunch. Please be sure to let the teacher know in advance so that she may alert the cafeteria monitors of any allergies. Please note that if we are offering ice cream/blue ice on the same day, students may only choose one sweet treat. If you would like to purchase ice cream/blue ice for your child's class as their birthday treat, please call the front office at 770-963-6214.
Carbonated beverages and/or beverages in glass containers are not permitted in the cafeteria.
Please contact our School Nutrition Program Manager, Mike Turzo, at 770-338-4783 if you have any questions regarding any of the above policies.
Prepaying for Meals
Prepaying: You may pay for as many days/months in advance as you would like. ALL CHECKS MUST HAVE THE STUDENT’S AND TEACHER’S NAME ON THEM. IF A CHECK COVERS MORE THAN ONE STUDENT (BROTHERS AND SISTERS), ALL STUDENT NAMES AND TEACHER NAMES MUST APPEAR ON THE CHECK. Please make checks payable to: Dyer Elementary Cafeteria
Online Prepaying: You may prepay your child’s meals online at MyPaymentsPlus You will need your child’s school ID number which your child should know. It can also be found on the parent portal.
Meal Charge Procedure
If a child forgets his lunch money, he/she may charge a regular lunch.. Charges are not allowed for supplemental or ala carte items. Once the charge limit ($11.25) has been met the student may receive a designated alternate meal at no charge as defined by the School Nutrition Program. A charge notice will be completed for each occurrence and notification will be sent home to the parent/guardian through the student. Additionally, once the charge limit has been met the parent/guardian will be notified by the local school via phone call, letter, or email. A charge list will be provided to the Principal at the end of every month and upon request. Charging for meals will not be allowed after April 30th.
Thank you for making sure your child has money in his/her meal account. Please help us keep down the cost of school lunches by paying charges promptly.
Free and Reduced Meals
Free or reduced lunches are available to children of parents whose income is within certain ranges. GCPS offers both printed and online options for completion. Please remember a new application must be submitted each school year since the previous year's application will not work. Each new school year brings thousands of applications for the Free and Reduced Price Meal program. Due to the number of applications received an online application turnaround time is faster. The online application is available in English and Spanish.
Students may purchase ice cream on Fridays for $1.00 to be eaten during their lunch period after they have eaten their lunch.
In addition, Bruster’s Blue Pop Ice will be offered for $2 on several occasions throughout the year. Please check the school calendar and/or watch the school newsletter for dates. (Proceeds from the sales of Bruster's Blue Pop Ice will directly benefit our PAWS Program.)