Ever wish you could use GPS to track your child’s every move? According to this article from CNN.com, a San Antonio school district will soon be doing just that. Starting in September 2012, the district will be distributing ID cards enabled with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to 6,290 students.
The idea behind the concept is to be able to determine where any given student is at any time during the school day. The chips will be able to detect when a student boards a school bus, goes to the nurse or is on the playground, although the chips won’t work outside of school grounds.
The school argues that, “…parents expect that we always know where their children are, and this technology will help us do that.” The American Civil Liberties Union, and other privacy advocates are strongly against the idea.
There is a cost factor, but school officials believe the program will pay for itself — they expect to gain more than $250,000 in attendance revenue from the state by having a more accurate attendance mechanism, and $1.2 million from Medicaid, because the district will be tracking kids with special needs too.
What do you think of this idea? Is GPS tracking of students within a school building a good idea, or a violation of privacy and a waste of money?