Over the past year or so, we’ve followed the Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio, TX implement an RFID student tracking system, and even saw a student get expelled over not wanting to participate in it.
Now, the school has decided to stop using the RFID system all together. The NISD stated that the negative publicity regarding the expelled student had nothing to do with getting rid of the RFID system. The pilot RFID student tracking system didn’t help in cutting truancy and created a lot of extra work for teachers in tracking “missing” students.
“We’re very confident we can still maintain a safe and secure school because of the 200 cameras that are installed at John Jay High School and the 100 that are installed at Jones Middle School. Plus we are upgrading those surveillance systems to high-definition and more sophisticated cameras. So there will be a surveillance-camera umbrella around both schools,” said NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez.
Andrea Hernandez, the student who sued the school district for enforcing RFID-enabled student ID’s, and her family are very pleased with the NISD’s decision. “This decision by Texas school officials to end the student locator program is proof that change is possible if Americans care enough to take a stand and make their discontent heard,” said her attorney, John Whitehead.
While we hate to see an RFID solution not work out, perhaps this is for the best. Did the NISD make the right decision in discontinuing the use of RFID student ID’s? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.