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Published 28 March 2018

Parents and carers in West Dunbartonshire are being encouraged to sign up for a new online payment service to pay for school services.

ParentPay will be piloted in two secondary and four primary schools starting in May and will offer parents and carers a more convenient way to pay online for school meals, activities and  trips.

Those signing up for the service can make payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from any location using a secure online account.

The new option removes the need for parents and carers to provide dinner money to pupils each day or to send young people to school with large sums of cash to pay for trips or activities.

Convener of Educational Services, Councillor Karen Conaghan, said: “This is a really convenient option for parents and carers. Those with more than one child at school, or children at other ParentPay schools, can create a single account that will cover all of them. Not only does this new service remove the stress of searching for school dinner money each day, the service also prevents young people carrying large sums of money to school.”

Depute Convener of Educational Services, Caroline McAlister, added: “Our schools will continue to have the ability to receive cash payments however this facility will offer parents and carers a more convenient method when paying for services.’

Parents can also pay for services via PayPoint with stores located throughout West Dunbartonshire.

The pilot will operate at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School; Vale of Leven Academy; Christie Park Primary; Bonhill Primary; St Mary’s Primary Alexandria and  St Ronan’s Primary.

For further information on ParentPay please call Educational Services on 01389 737309 or visit www.parentpay.com