Students in one Texas school will soon be required to wear lanyards with active GPS tracking chips. Schools want to use the technology to be sure students are in school, or to be able to locate them quickly in an emergency. Some parents and students are concerned about their privacy as the chips cannot be turned "off" during non-school hours.
I don't see why everyone has to get all legal about it on both sides. An extra five minutes at the beginning and end of the school day would give the students an opportunity to lock their IDs into their lockers. I don't see why a tracking technology cannot be used while the child is on school grounds and the school is charged with keeping that child safe. I also don't see why there can't be an opt-out for the relatively few parents who are very concerned.
Why does everything have to be a huge fight? I can see both sides of that issue, but since there are no cameras attached, how is it a privacy concern during school hours? The school had best dang well know whether my child is in the classroom or on the playground.
Would you support the idea of your child wearing the ID? I wouldn't care so much if it stayed at school. But spending this sort of money may just be a bad idea financially. I know our district spent BOODLES on a big ol' security system; you have to buzz the front office to enter the building, they check your photo ID at the door and all that sort of thing. Aaand at the same time, they're overcrowded so they popped a bunch of trailers behind the school, the back doors to the building are propped open all day, and anyone wanting to kidnap/ kill/ molest kids could just wander off to the back and have himself a field day. Brilliant.