Detroit Public Schools is piloting a new Child Safety ID program to strengthen student safety and school security, according to The Detroit News.
Parents must volunteer for the program, allowing their child to be photographed and have a fingerprint taken by the DPS Public Safety Department. The district will use the information to create a personalized child safety ID card.
One copy of the card will be issued to the parent or guardian. Another will be kept on file at DPS in the event of an emergency. District officials said fingerprints on file would be used only when State Police or a federal agency’s assistance is needed.
Information will be stored within a separate database within the district’s public safety secured record retention system, and fingerprinting will be conducted by public safety personnel. Once a child leaves the district, the information is purged from the system.
The program will go live initially at four elementary schools: Maybury, Gardner, Bagley and Chrysler.
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