Washington County School uses finger scanner to track attendance

By: Danielle Koleniak Email
By: Danielle Koleniak Email

The Washington County School District is testing a new attendance program at Chipley High School.

Ninth graders are now required to have their fingers scanned whenever they enter or leave campus.

Ninth grade English teach Kristi Broom says, “It gives us as teachers, administration, as a school and as a whole a better accountability for our students.”

If the student is scanned in, but isn’t present in the class, the system notifies administrators that the student is not where they should be.

The scan system costs 22 thousand dollars a year. Administrators say the system will easily pay for itself because and increase in attendance means the district will receive money from the state.

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