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Texas school bars student over refusal to wear RFID badge

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

John Jay High School in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District has banned a sophomore after a legal issue surrounding the student’s refusal to wear the school’s RFID-chip student ID.

As reported on Wired.com, the school district implemented the new IDs at the beginning of the school year. The RFID chip monitors where students go while they are on the school grounds. The RFID monitoring helps the school track daily attendance, which is tied to state funding.


The student, Andrea Hernandez, refused to wear the ID badge because she felt the RFID tag violated her religious rights. Through a series of lawsuits, the district eventually agreed to let Hernandez wear a student ID that didn’t have the RFID chip in it.

Hernandez is continuing to claim that even wearing the ID still discriminates against her Christian beliefs and plans to continue her legal battle.

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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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As schools continue to seek more robust security measures to safeguard campuses, one possible solution has come in the form of a pre-existing technology, RFID tags.

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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 Social Security numbers has once again become a hot-button topic in Louisiana legislature, particularly for students who often share the sensitive data even without parental knowledge.

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