TLDSB offers online payment for students
By Darren Lum
Published April 18, 2017
Trillium Lakelands District School Board is promoting School Cash Online, a new method of payment for student activities, sports and field trips.
Schools post items and activities with the various options related to grade or classroom. Payment options include credit card, debit card, or eCheque.
Parents and guardians don’t have to worry about sending money with their children to school or tracking payments made.
The board was prompted to provide this option after many requests made over the last few years by parents and staff, who had to account for cash more because fewer cheques are now used, TLDSB manager of communications Catherine Shedden said.
Participants who want to make online payments need to register at tldsb.ca/epayments.
A history of payments is accessible and reports can be printed. Any concerns or questions can be directed to the board through the hotline (1-866-961-1803) or messages can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shedden said so far response has been positive for the payment option.
However she said, like anything, there will be updates as required.
“Everything has been running smoothly since we started,” she said.
The process to implement the online payment option started in September and is an “extension to a program we already use in our accounting department.”
So far, she said, there aren’t any numbers related to registered users, “as it is still early days for schools to sign on, some of the schools are still getting their messaging out to parents.”
When asked why this wasn’t implemented sooner, Shedden said, “We’re always cautious and want to make sure we’re making the best decision for the school board and certainly, in terms of looking at our budget and what this might look like and in terms of staff implementation,” she said.