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RFID chips for students. How do you feel and would you allow this for your child?

Northside Independent School District plans to track students next year on two of its campuses using technology implanted in their student identification cards in a trial that could eventually include all 112 of its schools and all of its nearly 100,000 students.

District officials said the Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) tags would improve safety by allowing them to locate students — and count them more accurately at the beginning of the school day to help offset cuts in state funding, which is partly based on attendance.

Northside, the largest school district in Bexar County, plans to modify the ID cards next year for all students attending John Jay High School, Anson Jones Middle School and all special education students who ride district buses. That will add up to about 6,290 students.

The school board unanimously approved the program late Tuesday but, in a rarity for Northside trustees, they hotly debated it first, with some questioning it on privacy grounds.

Chip readers on campuses and on school buses can detect a student's location but can't track them once they leave school property. Only authorized administrative officials will have access to the information, Gonzalez said.

“This way we can see if a student is at the nurse's office or elsewhere on campus, when they normally are counted for attendance in first period,” he said.

Gonzalez said the district plans to send letters to parents whose students are getting the the RFID-tagged ID cards. He said officials understand that students could leave the card somewhere, throwing off the system. They cost $15 each, and if lost, a student will have to pay for a new one.

These chips are actually in their student ID cards.  What if the student forgets their ID at home?  $15 a pop isn't affordable in some homes.  Kids are forgetful.  I guess I am not seeing how this program raises revenue like they say it does.  I get how kids can skip school, but if the chip only tracks them while on campus and has no ability to track them off campus, how many kids are skipping class and staying on campus?  Do their teachers not take attendance?  It just seems like more money for another unnecessary program.

What are your thoughts? 




Asked by QuinnMae at 8:01 PM on Oct. 7, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Sounds like a huge waste of money and an invasion of privacy!
    I would not be happy about this!

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 8:10 PM on Oct. 7, 2012

  • I don't like isn't much of a leap to start monitoring them out of school. Whatever happened to the school employees actually doing their job...and knowing where your kid is during the school day?

    If they brought this here I would homeschool.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:48 PM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • What if they leave it at school or what if the school makes a bunch of passes for kids that do not exist so they can get more funding? Really. This is disgusting.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:48 PM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • I'd rather see them stick one of those chips in every illegal they locate. I'd rather police the ones we know are doing something wrong instead of wasting a lot of money and/or punishing honest people instead of those doing wrong.

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 7:39 PM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • I think there are just too many ways the student could use this to their advantage to actually spend less time in school with the help of their friends. It takes the responsibility off of the teachers and frankly I see the school system depending too much on technology to do things they are supposed to do. The cost is another issue, because these things don't come free. It usually ends up impacting property tax rates and unfortunately the people that own homes and don't have kids will end up paying even more for something that is unnecessary. Stepping over dollars to pick up dimes.


    Comment by QuinnMae (original poster) at 7:18 PM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • The feasibility of tracking students outside of school with RFID just isn't realistic.

    Then it's not realistic inside the school, either.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:45 PM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • The same technology used to steal credit card info from the cards using RFID chips. Small and portable.
    I'll give you that. There are always possible ways to scam the system. The thing required for this is a close-proximity scan, about 4cms (credit cards are not long range). You practically have to brush up against a reader in order for info to be gathered. Credit card companies are now excluding names and pin numbers from the cards to counter this threat.

    The feasibility of tracking students outside of school with RFID just isn't realistic. That would require readers in every home and business, where every child has to flash his badge near one, and every reader be networked to the school system to collect the data. A few students could be scanned if a truant officer walked up to them, but that is a far cry from a teacher being able to stalk a student as you originally suggested.

    Answer by anng.atlanta at 2:21 PM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • I think alot of kids with misplace their ID. Also if they want to skip school couldn't they leave their ID in their locker? What does this solve?

    Answer by booklover545 at 1:02 PM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • Wifi does not read RFID. A reader must send out a charge that activates the RF antenna so it can be read. No batteries.

    No, Wifi connects them to the database. These are being used for high school campuses, in Texas. In other words, campuses that use multiple buildings and include deluxe football stadiums. They are pointless if they're not portable.

    The same technology used to steal credit card info from the cards using RFID chips. Small and portable.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 7:29 AM on Oct. 8, 2012

  • i would leave my ID in my locker and skip like crazy...just like i did in high school (almost every single morning!). its wasteful spending and i dont see how it will do anything but get the schools more money for lots of lost IDs.

    Answer by okmanders at 12:29 AM on Oct. 8, 2012