Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I complete a new free/reduced lunch application every school year?
    Yes. The student will remain under their previous status for 30 operating days of the new school year. A new application must be completed each year, regardless of your previous status. 

  2. Do I list each child on a separate free/reduced lunch application?
    No. Everyone who lives in your household should be listed on one application. 

  3. How long will it take to process my free/reduced lunch application?
    We have 10 days from the date of receipt to process the application.
     
  4. Can I fax/email my application?
    No. We do not accept applications by fax or email.

  5. Do MySchoolBucks charge a fee?
    Yes. A small convenience fee (3% of the total) is charged.

  6. Who do I contact with questions or concerns about applications or my child’s account?
    You may contact Daphne Ward or Erica Ralph at 757-393-8516.

  7. How much is lunch/reduced lunch?
    Lunch is $1.65 and reduced lunch is $.40.

  8. Is lunch free if my child attends a CEP school?
    Yes lunch is free at participating CEP Schools.

  9. How much is breakfast?
    Breakfast is free for all students who attend Portsmouth Public Schools. 

  10. What payment methods are accepted?
    You may pay at the school your child attends with cash or check. You may also use the MySchoolBucks prepaid system to add money to your child’s account.