All Moscow schools to be covered by ID access and meal card programme this year

All Moscow schools to be covered by ID access and meal card programme this year
By the end of 2018, the ID card system will be in place at all kindergartens, as well. Parents and guardians will have to produce access cards to pick up their kids.

This year, the Moskvyonok ID access and meal card system will be introduced at the remaining Moscow schools not yet covered by the programme. This includes 80 buildings. Students will only be able to enter schools and buy meals at cafeterias with electronic ID cards, that is, a student card, or a Moskvyonok card or wristband. The system allows parents to check online when their child got to school or left, and to see what they had for lunch or a snack. A similar system is being introduced at preschools.

“Before the end of the year, we plan to introduce the access and meal system at all the remaining schools, which is 80 facilities, as well as at 300 preschools in addition to those already under the system. In 2018, all preschools will be covered,” a spokesperson for the Department of Information Technology commented.

Parents can check attendance and cafeteria purchases on their account at or the Moscow Government Services app. They can also set up email updates or push notifications.

Also, via a personal account, parents can ban certain products from being purchased, for example, chocolate bars, pastry or sandwiches, as well as limit their child’s cafeteria spending.

Currently, the access and meal ID system is in place at over 1,700 schools and is used by over 860,000 pupils. Others can join by getting a free Moskvyonok card at school that can be used only to enter the building or to buy food at the cafeteria. A lost card can be blocked, with a replacement issued free of charge and with its current balance. Another way to join the programme is by applying at for a student social card. In addition to the above services, this type of card provides public transit ticket concessions and discounts on children’s goods.

The third option is to purchase a Moskvyonok wristband. If a school ordered wristbands for all students, they are free.

The card access system has been introduced at over 1,800 preschools so far. Three hundred more will be covered by the programme this year, with all the others included by the end of 2018.

At preschools, Moskvyonok cards are issued not for the children but for their guardians. The list includes parents, grandparents, babysitters and other guardians. The system provides updates on when the child entered the building and who accompanied him or her, also via or the Moscow Government Service app.

In general, an ID card is used to enter a preschool building. A school security officer will see the photo of the card holder. Then the parent or guardian makes a note on an information screen stating which of the children (if the family has several kids) the parent or guardian is leaving at the preschool or picking up. Adults can also use their social cards instead of Moskvyonok. Cards and wristbands have been issued to almost 580,000 parents and other guardians.