The Tupelo School District in Mississippi has plans to introduce biometric finger scanners to identify students, according to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. School officials say the use of biometric scanners will be used to speed up school cafeteria lunch lines, during breakfast and lunch.
School officials said the system would neither take nor store student’s fingerprints – they would only scan a student’s finger using several points for identification. “The new technology would make lines flow more quickly and would provide greater accuracy,” said Lynne Rogers, the Tupelo Public School District’s director of food services.
Currently, Tupelo uses identification numbers to pull up student account information. Parents would be able to opt to not have their children use the finger scan but to instead continue to use their ID number.
Officials said that they would like to gradually implement the technology at different schools, using the sites as an initial pilot test. The school board will decide at an upcoming meeting whether or not the district will adopt the technology.
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