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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  • by Craig Location: Panama City on Aug 27, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    This is an outrage! What was the reason for this intrusion into the lives of these kids. It is nothing short of indoctrinating children to accept living in a closed society. If this school focused on teaching and put this money toward teaching they would produce better students. I can conceive any reason this school needs to be such a nanny state. YOU CANNOT PROTECT EVERYONE FROM EVERYTHING! Stop taking freedoms away in the name of security. You remove moral values from schools and replace it with paper tigers of protection.
  • by James parker on May 10, 2011 at 11:11 AM
    how about use the 22000 in the schools not some finger scanner
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      by Joyce on May 10, 2011 at 04:54 PM in reply to James parker
      She doesn't have to worry about money so what does she care if the children are taught! The teachers need the money the most. Put prayer back in school.
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