Our school is implementing a biometric finger scanning identification system for the 2017-2018 school year in an effort to provide accurate student identification as well as security for our student accounts. We are using this new identification system because we are held accountable for our records through audits. We want to eliminate clerical errors and provide an easy and accurate way to identify students and be sure no one else can charge items to their accounts.
What is Biometric Identification?
Biometric identification is an automated method of identifying a person based upon physical or behavioral characteristics. Our school has selected the identiMetrics Biometric Finger Scanning Identification System because it is secure, accurate, cost-effective and non-intrusive.
How does finger scanning identification work?
Using a finger scanner, the software scans certain unique points on the finger to create and store individual templates that identify each student. When the student returns, the software again scans the finger and looks for a match in the database. When a match is found, the student is identified.
What about our students’ privacy?
We are not fingerprinting the students. The software scans the finger for identification. It does not store a copy of the fingerprints. Instead, the software creates a template of the unique points on the finger. The template is converted to a unique number and is stored in the school’s database with the same high level of security of all of our records. The templates are also protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA is the same Federal Law that protects all student records. When your child graduates or is no longer enrolled in the school system, the templates are deleted. At no time is a fingerprint image stored. No fingerprints can be recreated or delivered to any agency - governmental or otherwise.
All students will be enrolled at the beginning of the school year, unless a parent or guardian complete an Opt-Out Form and turns in into their school cafeteria. Opt-Out Forms are available by request in the School Office or Cafeteria.
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For questions regarding the Finger Scanners, please contact Cheryl Erhart, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at 812-623-2291 ext. 13809 or [email protected]