Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Federal judge rules in school’s favor on RFID-enabled IDs

Friday, January 11, 2013

A U.S. district judge in San Antonio has ruled in favor of the school district that has deployed student ID cards that contain RFID chips, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

John Jay High School is one of two in the district that’s testing the new name badges to automate attendance to maximize state funding.


15-year-old Andrea Hernandez objects to wearing the IDs. She opposes due to religious reasons, calling the requirement a “mark of the beast” as mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Revelation The case focuses only on her situation and not on the RFID program itself, attorneys said.

John Jay can expel Hernandez if she doesn’t give written notice by the end of the semester that she will wear the badge. Hernandez plans to appeal.

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State College Area High School is now using school-issued IDs to log student attendance and record violations.

Beginning April 7, State College Area High School students will swipe their student identification card upon arriving at school in the morning. Curtis Johnson, associate principal at State High School North, insists the new system will improve the accuracy of attendance records and hopefully raise academic performance as students won’t be able to fake class attendance.

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The much-publicized biometrics bill in the state of Florida – SB 188 proposed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange – has passed through he House without any additional amendments. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

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Mt. Whitney High School in Visalia, Calif. is using student IDs and smartphones as a means for students to earn certain privileges.

The program is called Student Scan Identification Card Authorization, or SSSICA. As ABC’s local Visalia affiliate reports, campus administrators greet students by scanning a bar code on the students’ IDs to determine whether they have permission to leave campus for lunch or attend school events such as a football game.

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The use of biometrics in schools is once again the topic of debate in the Florida legislature, with lawmakers considering a proposal that would prohibit school districts from collecting biometric information – including fingerprints, handprints, iris and voice.

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