New Curriculum Purchasing Procedure

New guidelines have changed how HCOS can process the purchasing of resources from companies that do not accept HCOS PO#s. If you are not sure if a vendor accepts HCOS PO#s please go here.

Instructions

When you sign into Encom, you will see a new option on the tool bar called Curriculum Resources. You will need to click this link to fill out an order form for curriculum purchases from vendors that do not accept your PO#.

Just click on to start a curriculum order on the order form.

You will be able to order up to 10 items from a single vendor on the form. The template will not allow more. There is a note section on the order form where you can indicate if you are continuing the order on another form.

If you want to make purchases from a variety of vendors, each vendor will require a different order form.

When the I’m Done! box is clicked, you will be asked to fill in your teacher’s email address. If you have not been assigned a teacher, please use the email address of the Regional Administrator who accepted your student’s application to HCOS. A link to your order form will be sent to your teacher who will verify the order before purchases can be made.

Please do not enter a password. That field is for teacher use only.

Verification is required to ensure that the requested item/lesson are part of an active SLP, that there is sufficient funding for the purchase and that there is an equipment agreement, if necessary.

Once the order form has been verified by your teacher, your curriculum order will be submitted to the purchasing office for processing. You will receive an email letting you know that the purchasing department will make the purchase within 3 – 5 days or contact you if there is any problem with the order.

The final piece in purchasing curriculum through the purchasing department is to check your funding in Encom to confirm that the order has gone through. If your order is not entered in Encom 3 weeks after you receive the email informing you that the order has been verified, you may contact the purchasing department to check on it.

Lesson Purchasing Procedures

As per HCOS policy, lessons will not be available for purchase until October. Close to the time that funding is released for lesson purchases, a link to the Lessons order form will be made available alongside the Curriculum order form in Encom.

Most of the lesson/service providers WILL “invoice” (3rd party bill) HCOS for payment by cheque. It is the exception, rather than the rule, that a lesson/service provider will require payment by credit card at time of registration. Some guidelines you might find helpful…

  1. Most Rec Centres are willing to 3rd party bill HCOS for payment by cheque. The parent just needs to ask them if it is an option. This also generally means they will allow the student to register for lessons beginning in September and will wait for payment in October.
  2. Many sports clubs (hockey, soccer, gymnastics, dance, etc.) are also willing to 3rd party bill as long as you let them know there is a 3rd party (HCOS) potentially paying even a portion of the fees.
  3. Finally…regardless of whether paid by cheque or credit card…the government requires we have criminal records check (CRC) confirmation/clearance before we pay for any 3rd party lessons. Therefore, we recommend parents call our Head Office to make a quick check in our extensive database to make sure your lesson provider is “approved” or whether we need to get that done for you.

The lesson order form will only be for those vendors who will not third party invoice HCOS and require credit card payment for lessons.

For further information, contact the purchasing office:
Donna Perret, Lead Purchaser   dperret@onlineschool.ca